Apr 5, 2010 6:39 PM by Greg Boyce
Pueblo County residents can now register their cellular phones and Voice-over IP (VoIP) phones with emergency agencies. Previously available only to land-lines, Emergency Telephone Notification is a telephone call initiated by emergency officials to alert citizens of potential hazards in their area. Registration can be done on the internet or by calling the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office Emergency Services Bureau at 719-583-6222.
A recent national study indicated that as many as 38 percent of Americans did not have a traditional land-line phone in their home. That meant these emergency callouts from public service agencies were missing a large portion of the community.
"This system has already been adopted in many other communities, but here we were able to work with our partners in the city to allow every citizen, regardless of their physical address, the ability to register all at the same time. It is important for people to know that if they don't register their phone number, we won't call it. Folks have to take a few minutes, it will certainly be worth it." says Emergency Services Bureau Chief Mark Mears.
An alert by phone will only be issued in an emergency. Those will land lines can get calls at their home and on a cell phone.
This service is also available in El Paso and Teller Counties. Click here for more information on how to register.