Cities like Rochester have always sent out emergency alerts and notifications, but now the city is rolling out a new high-tech way to stay connected.

Of course, the BEST way to stay connected to events in and around Rochester is with our Quick Country 96.5 app. (If you don't have it already, download it HERE.) But now the city of Rochester is rolling out a new way to get emergency alerts and notifications too.

It's called CivicReady, and it's a service you can sign up for that will send you special emergency alerts and community notifications via text message right from Government Center in downtown Rochester directly to your phone.

The city of Rochester's website describes the new program like this:

"CivicReady will be used to disseminate important messages regarding the safety or welfare of the community. Examples would include water service emergencies, lost children or seniors, and hazardous situations that impact safety, property or welfare of our citizens. This service allows City officials to send out emergency notifications by phone, text, email and other contact methods to thousands of residents within minutes"

And, unlike that text message we all got from the White House last fall, THIS program is one you can opt in and out of whenever you like. You can read more about it, and sign up if you want to, HERE.

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