The City of Beavercreek utilizes Hyper-Reach to notify the community of emergencies, critical events, and urgent situations to keep the public safe and aware. The mass notification system distributes important messages, alerts, warnings, and more via phone message, text messaging (SMS), email, and TTY (teletypewriter). Landline phones are automatically enrolled; however, other devices are only included when people register to receive notifications.
The National Weather Service will issue weather-related warnings, such as tornado warnings, through Hyper-Reach. When a dangerous weather event is imminent, people in the area will receive an alert from the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). IPAWS is FEMA’s national system for local alerting. It provides authenticated emergency and life-saving information to the public through mobile phones using Wireless Emergency Alerts, to radio and television via the Emergency Alert System, and on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather Radio.
IPAWS notifies people in target areas using the GPS in their cell phone. During the time of an alert, those who are in the target area will receive the IPAWS notification without having to register. The system can also be activated to issue other emergency messages impacting the area that might be non-weather related. It is important for residents to check the settings of their phone, under notifications or wireless emergency alerts, to ensure they are able to receive alerts.
Hyper-Reach and IPAWS are an effective and fast way to reach a mass amount of people at a low-cost. Research has shown that emergency warning sirens can be unreliable during severe weather and their tone can be easily muffled, making them less effective.
If people do not have a cell phone, they can receive the same alerts through their television, radio and/or emergency alert radio. Emergency alert radios, which are specifically designed to function in the case of a power outage, are also easily available.
The City of Beavercreek continues work hard to enhance its tornado and severe weather alert system that includes simultaneous utilization of several platforms to keep people informed in the event of severe weather and other emergencies.
If you would like to opt-out of receiving notifications from Hyper-Reach, please contact Technical Services Supervisor Greg Wiesert by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.