Union County is implementing an Emergency Notification System. Called "Union Alerts," the system is designed to instantly reach cell phones, landlines, email, pagers and computer desktops when there is an urgent county alert that needs to be communicated.
You can register from a cell phone by texting UCALERT to 69310. You must remove all signatures and other text from the body of the message. They will then send you a confirmation text.
Union Alerts will originate from the following: Voice calls: 706-555-0911, Text messages: 69310, Emails: email@example.com.
Make sure and save the originating numbers and info under a heading you will recognize so you will know when the county is trying to communicate with you.
You will only receive emergency notifications from Union County unless you choose to receive additional alerts. You can choose to receive weather advisories, city activities, parks and recreations and Notla water alerts. Additional alerts will be available in the future and updated regularly here. There will be no ads or spam. There is no cost but your carrier may charge you for texts, depending upon your particular plan.
If you change your cell carrier you will still receive alerts if you retain the same number with which you signed on.
There are even multiple options for unsubscribing: Text STOP to 69310 from your cell or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or return to the location where you signed up and click on unsubscribe.
The thing to remember here is that this is a Beta system and as such will probably have some kinks to work out. I'm sure they will have it all figured out shortly and you will be receiving all the alerts in a timely manner.
Here some FAQs:
How do I register?
Citizens of Union County can register by mailing your phone number, pager number and/or email address, name and address to 76 Hunt Martin St Suite D Blairsville Ga 30512 or call 706-439-6056. You will receive a text confirming that you have opted into the alert system to receive emergency notifications.
Can I register via text?
Yes. You can register from your cell phone by texting UCALERT to 69310. You must remove all signatures and other texts in the body of your message. You will receive a confirmation text message letting you know you have been signed up to receive Union Alerts.
How will I know when a message is from Union Alert?
Your Union Alerts will originate from the following:
Voice Calls: 706-555-0911
Text Messages: 69310
The originating phone numbers should be saved in your phone book as "UC Alerts" to be sure you know when the county is trying to contact you. The email address should be saved in your address book so it is not filtered as spam or junk mail.
What type of alerts will I receive? You will only receive emergency notifications issued by Union County unless you choose to receive additional alerts. At this time, you can choose to receive weather advisories, city activities, parks and recreation. Additional options will be available in the future so check back soon.
Will I receive ads or SPAM on my phone? No. Inspiron Logistics, the company behind the Wireless Emergency Notification System (WENS), does not tolerate spam text or email messages.
I don't use text messages. How else can I receive Union Alerts? You can receive alerts on any landline number, email address or pager. All of these options are available on the sign-up page.
What if I change my mobile carrier and receive service through another company? You will still receive alerts if your phone number has not changed. Union Alerts will automatically detect your new carrier.
How can I stop receiving the alerts? There are a few ways to unsubscribe:
Text STOP to 69310 from your phone
Return to the location where you signed up and click on "unsubscribe."
Does Union Alert cost anything to use? There is no cost for an individual who has registered for the alerts; however, your cell phone carrier may charge you to receive text messages, so please check your plan.
Will all cell phone carriers deliver Union Alert messages? Yes. If for some reason you are unable to receive the text messages after you sign up, email email@example.com with your name, phone number, carrier and your comments.
Will Union County sell the information I enter to register for the Alerts system? Your contact information will be used only for emergency notifications. Your information will never be sold to a third party nor will it be used for anything other than the Union Alerts system.
How do I add to, change, or update my registration information? Follow the steps to unsubscribe your current information and sign up your new information on the entry point.