TREASURE ISLAND – When residents have an emergency, they call 911. When 911 knows of an emergency, it wants to be able to call residents.
The city of Treasure Island is asking all city residents to register for its new FirstCall Emergency Notification Service, which went online Aug. 20.
The FirstCall service can deliver emergency alerts to Treasure Island residents, whether it be a lost child, evacuation notice, road closure or weather advisory, in mere minutes. This is done using an Emergency Notification Service to landlines, cell phones, text messages, TTY devices and email.
“Over the past few years, we have experienced bridge construction, road closures, hurricane threats and other emer-
gency situations where we informed people through TITV615, e-alerts, local media, and any other way we could get the word out,” said Treasure Island Information Technology Director Mark Santos. “Now, we are taking it a step further.”
FirstCall will notify every subscriber through whatever means they want to be contacted.
“An automated system will call land lines and cell phones at the same time an email and text message will go out,” said Santos, “so you could receive four notifications, but we would rather you know than not know.”
FirstCall is free to Treasure Island residents and businesses, and gives the city multiple ways to get the word out whenever an emergency situation arises.
“All contact information remains protected and confidential,” said Santos.
FirstCall will only be activated in an emergency situation and a brief message will be sent to those subscribed to the system.
“However,” said Santos, “this system is not intended to be the sole source for emergency notifications. You need to be aware of things happening around you, and keep yourself informed by all measures available to you.”