Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Here’s what you need to know about Virginia Beach’s new emergency alert system

(Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Pexels)
(Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Pexels)

VIRGINIA BEACH — The city recently contracted with a new vendor, RAVE Mobile Safety, to provide the platform for the city’s emergency notification alert and warning system, VBAlert.

Launched in 2005, VBAlert is used to disseminate important information to residents and visitors who opt in and register for the service, officials said in a news release.

The alerts include severe weather watches and warnings, public safety and emergency-related warnings such as hazardous material spills, evacuation notices, traffic crashes with major delays, emergency road closures and other emergency notifications.

Those alerts will be sent via text, email, and phone depending on the methods a user registers to receive the alerts.

Registering for VBAlert will enable residents and visitors to take immediate action and protective steps to secure their safety and the safety of their family, officials said.

Because of the new contract, current subscribers’ personal information and passwords were not transferable.

Residents who want to receive emergency notifications via VBAlert will need to register with the new system.

With the new platform, residents and visitors can also create a Smart911 profile to provide additional information to first responders if they ever call 911.

To re-subscribe to VBAlert and create a Smart911 profile, simply texting VBAlert to 67283.

To sign up online or to find out more about VBAlert, click here or call 311.    ​

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