SMECO newsletter

volume 65 - issue 9 - september 2015

Information is key in an emergency

Today’s technology makes it easier than ever to stay in touch, whether that is with friends and family, or with your local community. Your cooperative, the College of Southern Maryland and your local counties all have notification systems that will keep you up-to-date on what’s happening in your town.

SMECO

SMECO has two mobile options available to its members, the SMECO 24/7 mobile app and SMS texting. Download the free SMECO 24/7 mobile app to report outages, view the up-to-date outage map, and pay your SMECO bill—all with the touch of a finger. Download the SMECO 24/7 app free from Apple iTunes or Google Play.

If you prefer texting, just text REG (for register) to 76326 (SMECO). With SMECO’s easy-to-use texting service, you can report outages, get status updates, and pay your bill. Visit our website for more information.

College of Southern Maryland

CSM.TXT is the College of Southern Maryland’s alert service provided through e2Campus. This service will send instant alerts and time-sensitive messages, including up-to-date information on emergencies and campus closings.

Messages can be sent to a cell phone via text message, or to an e-mail account. Registration is free; all cell phone text message fees will apply.

For more information or to register, visit CSM’s website.

Calvert County

Calvert County has two services available to notify residents of critical information in a timely fashion.

Calvert County ALERT

Calvert County ALERT is offered by Calvert County’s Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division. It provides critical information for a variety of situations, such as severe weather, evacuations, law enforcement notifications, missing persons, water/sewer updates, etc. Messages can be sent to home phones, mobile phones, business phones, e-mail addresses, through text messaging and more. To sign up, residents can click here.

Nixle

The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office uses Nixle, which sends notifications through text, e-mail, voice messages, social media, and the mobile app. Residents can sign up here.

Charles County

Charles County Government and affiliated agencies use a Citizen Notification System (CNS) to send important notifications to residents.

During the registration process, citizens are able to manage their message settings, provide preferred contact information, and select categories of information. Residents can subscribe to a variety of notification categories, such as the following:

• School Closings/Delays
• Public Health Advisories
• Crime Alerts
• Emergency Alerts
• Park Events/Outdoor Sports
• Environmental Resources/Curbside Recycling
• Road Maintenance

CNS notifications can be accessed on any computer or mobile device with Internet access and through the free Android or iOS Everbridge mobile applications, available for download from the Apple Store or Google Play.

For more information, or to register, visit their website.

St. Mary’s County

St. Mary’s County has two notification options available for its residents.

CODERED

St. Mary’s County offers CodeRed notification for its citizens. CodeRed is an ultra high-speed telephone communication service used to quickly contact citizens for emergency notification. The system is used to make calls to all or targeted areas of the county when important information needs to be immediately relayed.

The system is capable of dialing 60,000 phone numbers per hour. It then delivers a recorded message describing the situation in the affected area, which may include instructions requiring action on the part of the recipient. Sign up for CodeRed.

StormReady

St. Mary’s County citizens can stay up to date with weather warnings and notifications through the StormReady program, which also tracks the progress of county road crews during snow plowing operations. Visit their website for more information.