Marathon County launches new emergency alert system

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WAUSAU, Wis (WSAW) -- The Marathon County Sheriff’s Department is hoping a new emergency alert mobile app will help keep people informed in case another emergency occurs.

Marathon County’s Chief Deputy Chad Billeb and Lieutenant Ryan Weber announced a new partnership with Everbridge, the worldwide leader in unified critical communications efforts. The Everbridge mobile app is designed to keep residents, staff and emergency personnel safe and informed with quick and reliable emergency notifications and public service announcements.

“My hope is that we get max participation from residents here in Marathon County, as well as, people surrounding our county or people who visit here on a regular basis,” said Chief Deputy Billeb.

Users will receive messages on their preferred contact paths-cell phone, SMS, home phone, email, fax, and more-to ensure real-time access to potentially lifesaving information. As long as you are connected to WIFI, you are notified of any emergencies based on your location.

Lieutenant Weber says since the application was released one suspect was caught within 30-minutes of the alert being sent. “We like to think of it as a reverse 911 system. For example, if residents have an emergency they call 911. If we have an emergency and need to get information out to the public as quickly as possible we can use this system to push this information out," said Lieutenant Weber.

The Marathon County Alert System was launched on the one-year anniversary of the shootings that occurred in Rothschild, Schofield, and Weston on March 22, 2017. That shooting took the lives of four Marathon County residents including an Everest Metro Police officer.

Residents are encouraged to register to receive these alerts.

Click here to register