FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Guilford County, Greensboro, and High Point partner to provide geographically-based emergency notifications to residents.

Guilford County residents now have an upgraded way of receiving urgent and important information through cell phones, text messages, home phone and email.

Called “G.E.A.N.I.”, the Guilford Emergency Alert, Notification, and Information System will send public safety messages to all residents and businesses within Guilford County (including City of High Point residents in Forsyth, Davidson, and Randolph Counties).

The system provides time sensitive, geographically-based messages about evacuations, shelter-in-place incidents, severe weather response and recovery efforts, law enforcement events, and other urgent incidents that affect safety.

As an example: Recently, an armed subject was in the area of Highway 62 and Hunt Road and the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office wanted to notify residents. Using G.E.A.N.I., the Sheriff’s Office identified an area of concern and sent voice, text, and e-mail alerts to people with addresses in the affected area.

Persons and businesses with traditional land line phone numbers published in local phone books are automatically enrolled in G.E.A.N.I., and will receive notifications pertaining to the geographic area of the address associated with the phone number.

Unpublished land line numbers, cellular and VoIP telephones are not automatically added to the system database. Persons wishing to receive notifications on these numbers, or to receive alerts via text and e-mail must self register for the G.E.A.N.I. system at http://www.readyguilford.org/.

Public safety personnel will send voice notifications to designated phones from telephone number (336) 641-8100: this number should be added to telephone contact lists.