• Ciera Harrell

New emergency notifications system created for Bainbridge residents

The City of Bainbridge is in the process of changing Emergency Notifications providers and is urging all residents to opt in.

"So say we're in the middle of a sewer project and your neighborhood is going to lose water. We can call you the night before and just highlight your neighborhood on a map and it will call everyone in that neighborhood and let them know their water will be out the next day," said Bainbridge Communications Director Adrienne Harrison.

Julie Harris, Director of the Convention and Visitor's Bureau, stated that the City previously had a system called Code Red, but IT Manager Sterling Widener thought this program would be a better fit.

The first step of the alert system is having residents sign up. During the switch over, the new program was able to save some landline phone numbers, but no email addresses or cell phone numbers.

It is simple to opt in to get the emergency alerts: residents can text their zip code to 888777 or sign up at https://local.nixle.com/register/.

"The new notification system can be used for severe weather, criminal activities, severe traffic, missing persons and local events," according to Bainbridge Public Safety. They will not be using all of those options because it may not be necessary, but in the future Bainbridge Public Safety may consider using it if there was ever an active shooting situation or missing child.

Anyone can sign up for the emergency alerts; anyone interested does not have to live in the city. However, it is suggested for all city residents. Individuals from out of town may also sign up for the emergency alerts if they have relatives living in Bainbridge.

It's non-constraining and for anyone who can benefit from it.