Smethport Implements New Alerting System

In an effort to provide more reliable communications with residents and businesses in Smethport, the Borough has implemented an Emergency Notification service provided by SwiftReach Networks, Inc.

Swift911 in its simplest form is a system that makes phone calls to specific people or areas in the event of an emergency or for sharing important information. The benefit of this system is that it can handle a large volume of calls in a short amount of time. It can make calls to specific people or areas and play an appropriate recorded message that describes the emergency.

Within 24 hours of any emergency, the Swift911 service will dial all Smethport residents and businesses in the database. It will take only a few minutes to contact everyone. All the calls will have the Caller ID of ‘Smethport Borough’.

If you are not receiving these calls, you can fill out this form to add or update your contact information. Accurate numbers in this database will ensure emergency information will be passed on to everyone in a timely manner. All submitted information will be kept for emergency notification purposes only.

Many communities in Pennsylvania have already implemented similar emergency notification systems. All municipalities are required to have a notification system in place by May 10, 2010.