Milford starts new emergency alert system using smartphones

Residents in Milford now have a new way to find out what's going on in their city. It's a new emergency alert system that's giving residents everything they want when and where they want it. Whether it's by email, call, text, or even social media sites.

Lt. Edward Huey of Milford PD explains, "What this new system offers us is the ability for the users to pick and choice what they want information."  

One resident says, "They're moving into the 21st century which they needed to do for a long time which I'm surprised they haven't done this sooner." 

From road closures to missing person reports even severe weather warnings, it's alerts Milford residents want to know about. 

Plus it's something the city and Milford police haven't been able to do in the past.

Lt. Huey adds, "We discovered with our old alerting system that the more we used it, the more people wanted out of it because it was providing some information that they weren’t interested in." 

And it's already getting a lot of positive feedback from area residents.

One resident says, "I think that's great. I'd like to get it by email because I usually check them." 

All you need is a smartphone to download the swift 911 app, it's as easy as that. Then you're in control of what alerts you want to receive.

"I live on the other side of route one and it's hard getting over here right now so it will be nice to know when the roads are closed where and make it easier for me to get over here," explains another resident. 

Even if you're not in the Milford area and want to be informed, you can still sign up whether it's to check on family members or even just friends.

For more information, you can contact the Milford Police Dept. at 302-422-8081. 

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