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6/8/2012 10:03:00 PM
DeltAlert warns county residents in emergencies
Photos.comResidents can sign up to receive emergency alerts via text or by other methods at by clicking on the ENS alert tab.

Residents can sign up to receive emergency alerts via text or by other methods at by clicking on the ENS alert tab.
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office is now using DeltAlert as its emergency notification system (ENS) in cases where authorities need to notify numerous homes and businesses about public safety issues, YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.

Unlike the older system used by the Sheriff's Office, DeltAlert can notify residents by standard landline telephone, cellphone, email or text message, he said.

"This provides a significant advantage over the landline notification, allowing the user to receive vital information even when not home," D'Evelyn said.

The database holds all Yavapai County residential and business landline phone numbers by default, D'Evelyn said, and users can opt in to add more numbers or email addresses.

Users specify their primary contact and, if that fails, DeltAlert moves on to other contacts. If the system detects voicemail or an answering machine, it will leave a message; if it gets no answer, it will redial or move to another contact, he said.

D'Evelyn encouraged residents to sign up as soon as possible. "Recent fire-related incidents caused great concern regarding evacuation and danger to structures," he noted, adding that "With the new ENS, users will be 'in the know' should similar events occur."

The only way to correctly enter your information is to go to the YCSO website at and click on the ENS alert tab, D'Evelyn said. He cautioned against trying to register through any other website.

Every person living in a home should sign up, he said, because the primary contact in the system - for example, the homeowner - is the only one that will be called unless other residents are also in the system.

He added that all information provided will be kept confidential and not used for any other purpose.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, June 09, 2012
Article comment by: Voice of Laryngitus

This sounds like a great service and commend the YCSO for putting it into operation. We live in County in a remote heavily wooded area. YCSO calling us if there is a forest forest fire, etc. in the middle of the night would be welcome information. I signed up and all the information they want your name, primary phone number, email and if you have a cellphone you can add it to the list.

Posted: Saturday, June 09, 2012
Article comment by: One Alert

Thank god someone thought this!! Now it's easier to communicate with the community in case something happens instead of spending time going door to door. Good job Yavapai County!

Posted: Saturday, June 09, 2012
Article comment by: Black Helicopter Pilot

TO: Really Now

Isn't it exhausting being so paranoid all the time?

Relax, they're not all out to get you (frankly, contrary to your opinion of yourself, you're not that important...)

Posted: Saturday, June 09, 2012
Article comment by: John Smith

Brian -- when you go to you will see a large graphic or tab at the top of the page that will link you directly to ENS sign up.

Posted: Saturday, June 09, 2012
Article comment by: Really Now

Just another way to gather information on people. Totally, 100 % Useless !

Posted: Saturday, June 09, 2012
Article comment by: Brian Biggs

There is no ENS alert tab. The link can be found under the Programs & Services tab, Emergency Notification System item.

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