The Post Falls Police Department in conjunction with the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department is announcing the Public Safety Reverse 9-1-1 Emergency Notification System that will provide citizens of Kootenai County the ability to receive emergency messages through landlines, cell phones and email. The emergency notification is free to the community; it is a voice and text alert service used to contact citizens during urgent or emergency situations with useful information and updates via voice, text, or e-mail messages.
Although there is no charge to activate this service, interested citizens are encouraged to check with their wireless service provider regarding fees they may incur for incoming text messages. The Emergency Notification Service is designed to notify citizens of emergency situations that affect their immediate community such as emergency incidents, road closures, neighborhood crime alerts, severe weather alerts, threats to school safety and community events, among others.
Citizens who only have traditional phones do not need to register as the reverse 9-1-1 technology will identify phone numbers in the area of the incident. Citizens will have the convenience of registering for the service online and choosing to be notified of Amber Alerts, school lock downs or receiving any mass notification alerts. Traditional phone users will receive voice messages only, while cell phone users will have the ability to choose between voice and text messaging.
The Post Falls Police Department encourages citizens to select text messaging as this service is more efficient and allows primary voice calls to be made. Each citizen will have the ability to register two phone lines; this can be in any combination of traditional phone and cell or two cell numbers. Additionally the State of Idaho has a similar system in which citizens can be notified of weather alerts or public safety incidents ongoing in the state.
How to Register
Citizens interested in receiving alerts from this Service must register and complete a user profile online by clicking on the logo at the top of the page or click here. The registration process allows citizens to identify how they want to be notified. Subscribers can edit their user profile or unsubscribe online at any time.
To register for weather alerts or public safety incidents ongoing in the state. The Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security can be accessed at: Idaho State Alert Warning System (ISAWS)
Questions or the need for assistance should be directed to the Commutations Director @ (208) 777-2242, Monday – Friday during business hours.