Both the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office and the E-911 Emergency Communications Department are asking residents to sign up for the reverse 911 alert system that sends out alert notifications in emergency situations.
The county's E-911 department uses the Hyper-Reach System to notify participants of emergency situations such as boil water advisories, inmate breaches, missing persons and other incidents.
Last week, the system was used to warn some county residents when Christopher Block, a convicted rapist out on parole, cut off his ankle bracelet in the Skaneateles area before being re-captured.
According to the county's website, landline numbers are provided directly by Verizon, but cell phones must be registered online.
To sign up, residents are asked to provide their name, municipality, address, the type of device being registered — such as cell phone or email — and corresponding contact information.
Residents interested in signing up for reverse 911 can visit hyper-reach.com/cayugasignup.html.
Additionally, residents can provide extra information to the department — like if a family member has special needs and might react negatively to sirens — which is provided to responders should they need to visit a home.
That can be done by calling the E-911 Center at (315) 253-1626.