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Watertown Daily Times | River Area Council of Governments to enroll in NY Alert system

CARTHAGE — Following a webinar at a recent River Area Council of Governments meeting, the five municipalities which make up the organization have decided to sign up for NY Alerts.

Jason Willetts, who presented the NY Alert webinar, explained that municipalities as well as individuals can enroll in the state emergency notification system at no cost. He noted notifications of water emergencies such as boil-water advisories or broken water mains can be posted.

He said residents can be informed via telephone or internet.

“The NY Alert system should help provide member communities of RACOG with a way to keep the public informed, especially in emergency situations,” said RACOG circuit rider Mickey Dietrich, noting the RACOG members are the first municipalities in Jefferson County to enroll in the system.

“These communities are going to be starting out in the existing system, but then will be moved to the new NY Alert system around May,” said Mr. Dietrich. “There will be training for designated users within each local government once they are set up.”

Once the municipalities are registered, the public will be notified through the RACOG website as to how to receive notifications.

“It’s a system we can easily plug into,” said town of Champion Supervisor Bruce R. Ferguson. “It will be more encompassing and direct for people who use it. It will alert residents directly of situations with real-time notices.”

West Carthage has utilized a forerunner to the NY Alert system.

“This system is better at communicating with neighboring communities,” said West Carthage Mayor Scott M. Burto. “It will be good for people to sign up for because if there is a water break or missing person, they will be notified right away.”

“It seems to be a very good program,” said Carthage president G. Wayne McIlroy prior to the board’s approval on the matter at the December Board of Trustees meeting. “It’s…

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