City Deploys Improved Snow Alert System

As Sioux Falls prepare for winter and the inevitable snowfall, the City has launched a new snow alert text messaging system to better inform citizens of snow alerts and updates.

To start receiving snow alert text alerts, text “SNOWALERT” to 888-777. Standard carrier text fees may apply. Messages will only be sent to people who have opted into the messaging system. Individuals enrolled in the City’s previous alert system will continue to receive snow alert text messages.

Text alerts will be sent when snow emergencies have been declared.

“The City has invested in a great product for our citizens,” said Regan Smith, Emergency Manager for the City. “You can now get snow alerts that are more timely and useful. Our new system can deploy 1,000 messages per second compared to the previous system which took hours to notify the public.”

The City’s notification system also allows the Emergency Management team to notify the entire city or a targeted geographic area of hazards, disasters, and evacuation orders if necessary. The system will also expand in Spring 2019 with more opt-in choices for City notifications such as neighborhood mosquito spraying, pool information, and park and library activities.

 

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