Vilas County introduces smart 911
Written by Jesse Baroka on June 14, 2019
VILAS COUNTY – The Vilas County Sheriff’s Office wants to do a better job of letting people know when disasters happen. Capt. Gerry Ritter says they’ve upgraded their emergency alert system and he wants people to sign up for the new system. Vilas County will use a platform called Smart911 that sends text, email and phone alerts for natural disasters, bad weather, and missing persons. The new system can also make your personal information easier to find when you call emergency dispatchers. You can input information like your home address, car make and model, the allergies of loved ones and other health conditions of people in your home. All data added to the system makes it easier for dispatchers to know what help you need as soon as you call. Ritter says you personal information is not accessible until you reach dispatch and providing it is not required to receive alerts. You can signup for the Smart911 system online, the Smart 911 app, or by texting “Smart911” to 67283.