New Emergency Alert System Activated for City of Tuscaloosa
April 24, 2013
Tuscaloosa, Ala. - The City of Tuscaloosa has activated the Tuscaloosa Alert System, a new emergency notification system for residents and businesses within city limits.The City received a hazard mitigation grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency last year. After a competitive bid and review process, the City of Tuscaloosa selected Blackboard Connect, a leading mass notification platform, to facilitate important communication and emergency preparedness.The system uses land-line telephones, mobile phones and emails to alert residents and businesses within the city limits that could be affected, threatened or endangered by an emergency event or disaster.Publicly available primary residential and business phone numbers in the City of Tuscaloosa are already included in the system. However, residents are encouraged to explore the new connect access portal and make sure the City has the most up-to-date contact information, including mobile phones and email addresses, by visiting https://tuscaloosaal.bbcportal.com/.Users can manage their message preferences by indicating their preferred mode of contact, language and message topics. Those without Internet access, or who need assistance, can call Tuscaloosa 311 at 205-248-5311.