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Rutland Regional Alerts Press Release
Rutland RegionalEmergency Communication Center Announces New Alert System Rutland Regional Alerts to Keep Community Informed During Emergency Situations
Public Safety Officials Encourage Residents to Create or Update Their Information in the New
Rutland Regional Alerts Platform
Rutland, MA, February 19, 2021 – Rutland Regional Communications Director today announced that Rutland Regional Alerts is now available to all residents, replacing the previous SwiftReach system. Rutland Regional Alerts is a free service that allows individuals to receive notifications sent from state and local authorities to stay informed on potentially hazardous situations involving weather, traffic, and other emergencies, including the spread of the coronavirus.
The switch to Rutland Regional Alerts allows residents to receive alerts via phone, text, and email, and answer poll questions that will give Barre, Hubbardston, Oakham, Rutland, and Warren officials critical information during emergency situations. Individuals who are signed up for alerts will receive reliable information about the coronavirus, including tailored updates based on their specific needs and geographic location.
Individuals who were previously signed up for SwiftReach will be automatically enrolled in Rutland Regional Alerts and do not need to sign up again, but are encouraged to review and update their information in the new platform to ensure accuracy. Residents and travelers to Barre, Hubbardston, Oakham, Rutland, and Warren who were not previously signed up for SwiftReach should sign up for free at www.rrecc.us/alerts to receive timely and actionable emergency alerts via email, text, or voice message. They can also identify when and how they are alerted and communicated with before, during, and after emergencies.
Barre, Hubbardston, Oakham, Rutland, and Warren residents and travelers can also download the Smart911 app to sign up for Rutland Regional Alerts to receive key information needed in an emergency. The Smart911 app provides enhanced functionality by sending targeted alerts based on the user’s location. Smart911 app users will receive the highest priority National Weather Service alerts including tornado warnings, flash flood warnings, and severe thunderstorm warnings based on their real-time location. Download the Smart911 App on the Apple Store or Google Play or by texting “Smart911” to 67283.
“Community members will receive notifications that will improve safety in our towns and help inform residents of potentially life-saving actions they may need to take in an emergency,” said Michael Moriarty, Communications Director. “The information sent out by Rutland Regional Alerts through emergency notifications allows both residents and first responders to be better informed in an emergency situation.”
“Rutland Regional Alerts strengthens Barre, Hubbardston, Oakham, Rutland, and Warren officials’ ability to communicate with residents when it matters most,” said Michael Moriarty, Communications Director. “This service allows for critical communication with the public and provides individuals with the information needed to stay safe or take precautions during hazardous or emergency situations, especially the current coronavirus outbreak.”
Rutland Regional Alerts is trusted by thousands of institutions including state and local authorities, business and educational institutions. Rutland Regional Alerts sends millions of messages daily and during critical situations such as severe weather.
Community members are encouraged to sign up for Rutland Regional Alerts and input or update their information and notification preferences today at www.rrecc.us/alerts
Hubbardston Board of Health Message
The Hubbardston Board of Health will be hosting Covid-19 Vaccination clinics on Saturday, February 20th, and Sunday, February 21st for Hubbardston residents 75 and over in age.
To register an appointment please call the Hubbardston Board of Health at 978-928-1400 extension 209
Oakham Board of Health Message
Last evening, we were asked to compile by this Saturday morning, an estimated number of future COVID-19 vaccine doses needed by Oakham residents who wish to receive their vaccines in Oakham, should we continue to offer clinics locally. A voluntary data collection tool has been created using Microsoft Forms by the Board of Health to attempt to compile this information as quickly and as easily as possible. This form can be accessed on the Oakham Town website at oakham-ma.gov and found at the top of the page highlighted in red or on the Oakham Board of Health Facebook page. This information is requested to be completed as soon as possible.
Those who have already received a dose of the vaccine or are scheduled to receive the vaccine elsewhere should not use this form, as you are already accounted for in other counts and should not change your plans. If you are more comfortable leaving this vaccine interest information in a voice message, you can leave this information on the Oakham Board of Health voicemail at 508 882 4069. The completion of the interest form is not an absolute commitment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or a guarantee we will be able to offer it, but an indication of your interest. We are extremely grateful to our community for their expressions of support and to the generosity of volunteers who are making these clinics possible in our very small community while larger cities and towns struggle to set them up.
A reminder the second dose COVID-19 vaccine clinic for those who already received their first vaccine on February 4th is scheduled for February 27, 2021, from 8 am-12 noon. You should have received a notice to sign up for your second appointment already. If you have not received a link to sign up for this appointment, please contact the Oakham Board of Health for assistance at 508 882 4069. A reminder, please bring your vaccine card to this appointment.