JUST IN: Mitchell County announces new emergency notification service
BAKERSVILLE – Mitchell County has a new emergency notification known as Hyper-Reach to provide warnings and notifications about local emergencies, hazards and other threats to county residents.
Hyper-Reach uses telephone calls, text messages, email and TTY/TDD services to send these alerts. To receive messages, residents must sign up for free at www.mitchellcounty.org and follow the instructions on the front page, or call 828-688-5988 to enroll. Computers or smartphones are not required, as the service can contact landline telephones with these announcements. Call Misty Sparks at 828-688-4771 for assistance.
Hyper-Reach is a mass emergency notification system designed for public safety. It sends telephone calls, SMS text messages, and emails to phones and computers of those who enroll within seconds of an emergency announcement being posted. Hyper-Reach Anywhere is a smartphone app available for free through the iTunes store as well as Google Play for Android devices that allows phones to receive emergency alerts directly when they are posted. The app is not required to receive alerts from the system.
Mitchell County plans to use the service primarily for announcements about weather and environmental hazards, criminal activity and missing persons, according to a press release.