JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — More than 30 public safety agencies along the western portion of the Denver metro are collaborating on a new emergency notification system.
Public safety officials from Jefferson County, Broomfield and the City of Westminster held a press conference Wednesday to announce the new system and its rollout.
The new system is called LookoutAlert, named after Lookout Mountain in the county. Residents can sign up for the free service to receive notifications from local authorities, warning about hazardous conditions, evacuations, Red Flag Warnings and more.
It replaces the old CodeRED system. Residents who had been signed up for the old system are automatically enrolled in LookoutAlert.
The need for upgraded emergency notification systems was amplified following the Marshall Fire, after questions about how effectively Boulder County’s system worked in informing residents about evacuations. The City of Boulder upgraded its emergency alert system earlier this year, streamlining its ability to mass-message people in a particular geographic zone.
Notification systems can be used to alert residents to natural disasters, public safety issues and other concerns depending on the county’s wants and needs.
You can watch a replay of the announcement on FOX31 NOW in the player above.