Sheriff’s Corner: Bedford County Emergency Notification System

Bedford County initiated the “Reverse 911 System” back in 2006 with, what was at the time, the most sophisticated system available, to send out emergency messages via telephone, advising citizens of potential dangers.
These days, many folks are using only cell phones and have done away with land lines all together. In order to provide the best possible service to everyone in Bedford County, the Emergency Notification System, ENS, has now been upgraded so that your cell phone number can be registered for ENS, should an emergency occur that citizens need to be made aware of; Forest fires, hazardous waste spills, multiple vehicle accidents, anything that could endanger your family or home.
If you have a land line, listed or unlisted, your home phone is already in the data base. However, you need to register your cell number or VOIP, (Magic Jack, Comcast, Vonage, etc.) number with the Sheriff’s office to ensure that any emergency call going out to your area of the county, will also be sent to your cell.
Please log on to the website; and follow the easy instructions to register. If you do not have Internet availability, you can still register your cell number by calling the Sheriff’s office and provide the necessary information for registration. Call 540-586-4800 x 4015.
“The safety of Bedford Citizens is our highest priority and this is best done by utilizing the newest technologies available.”

Download the December 2012 PDF “Sheriff’s Corner”

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