MADERA COUNTY – Did you get a phone call from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon? If not, you are probably not signed up for MCAlert.
MCAlert is a free service that will notify you in the event of an emergency in your area, no matter where you are.
Would you want to know if a wildfire was headed for your house? How about if a mudslide had just taken out the road you use to get home from work? Or an escaped murderer had been spotted in the neighborhood? Would you appreciate getting a text message, email or phone call ASAP, even if you were out of town?
“It’s imperative that the public understand that while the Sheriff’s emergency data base does store landline phone numbers, it does not store cell phone numbers unless you sign up,” says Sheriff John Anderson.
Perhaps you’re away on vacation, on a business trip or just at the movies. Wouldn’t you want to get a call or text on your cell phone if your home was in danger?
“Every citizen deserves to know when danger strikes no matter where they are,” says Sheriff Anderson. “If you haven’t signed up for MC Alert, I urge you to do so now.”
How Does It Work?
The process begins when MCAlert sends out a message about a potential safety hazard or concern. If you do not confirm that you received the message, the system will continue trying to contact you at the next number on your list until it receives a confirmation from you.
Some who received a call today didn’t answer because they didn’t recognize the phone number. The Sheriff’s Office number on your caller ID is 559-675-7770, and it is imperative that you answer when you see that number.
Signing up for MCAlert only takes a minute, and is as simple as the click of a mouse when you register online. “But for those who may not have access to a computer, call our office,” says Sheriff Anderson. “We’ll sign you up.”
For those who need help signing up, they can call Erica Stuart, Public Information Officer at 559-675-7976. Learn more about MCAlert and receive notification about any emergency situations wherever you are by visiting http://www.mcalert.org.
Editor’s note: If you have trouble on the website, due to the large amount of traffic with people signing up, please click the following link to bypass the information page – https://member.everbridge.net/index/1332612387831894#/login and go straight to the signup page.