A new service being offered by the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office will send emergency alerts to people by text, email or voice message. The service also will allow people to receive alert messages through an app for Apple and Android devices.

A new service being offered by the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office will send emergency alerts to people by text, email or voice message. The service also will allow people to receive alert messages through an app for Apple and Android devices.

People can sign up for the service for free. Standard text messaging fees may apply. The service is being offered through a company called AlertSense.

“We’re excited to have it,” Chuck Magaha said.

Magaha is the director of Leavenworth County Emergency Management, which is a division of the Sheriff’s Office.

The service can be used to inform people about severe weather alerts or other public safety issues such as active shooter incidents, AMBER alerts and boil water advisories.

Users also can choose to receive messages about things that may not be considered emergencies but still impact their lives such as a road closures.

“There’s a number of different things we can utilize it for,” Magaha said.

Magaha said messages can be sent by the Sheriff’s Office to everyone who has signed up for the service or to only people within an affected area.

Users can identify what areas are important to them such as where they live and where their children attend school.

The AlertSense receives alerts through the National Weather Service. And users of the service can receive weather alerts regarding their selected locations. Users also can determine the type of alerts they want to receive according to severity level.

Magaha said the AlertSense system being used by the county cost about $15,000 for its initial startup. And the county will pay an annual fee of $7,500 for the service.

He said the Sheriff’s Office kicked off the service during the Leavenworth County Fair. But people need to sign up for it in order to receive the messages.

“If they don’t opt in, it’s not going to be successful,” Magaha said.

People can sign up for the service by visiting www.public.alertsense.com/SignUp/?regionid=1422

People also can text their zip code to 38276. And smartphone users can scan the pictured QR code.

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