ReadyNotify can send out mass messages to citizens, residents and businesses who register

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CLEVELAND HEIGHTS -- Cleveland Heights has been selected to be the first city to try out Cuyahoga County's new mass emergency notification system, ReadyNotify.

ReadyNotify can send out mass messages to citizens, residents and businesses who register. Messages can include emergency alerts, water boil alerts, utility outages and other important information.

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald announced the launch of ReadyNotify Monday and encouraged all county residents to sign up.

"As a community, we want to ensure that all residents are well-informed and prepared whenever an emergency occurs," he said.

The county created ReadyNotify for its own usage and made it available to all 59 cities for use in their communities at no additional cost. Cleveland Heights will be the first city to use the system for city-specific notifications, allowing the city to be a model for other communities wishing to join the system.

"The city of Cleveland Heights is excited to have been selected for this pilot project," said Tanisha Briley, city manager. "We were in the process of researching similar systems to purchase when this opportunity to partner with the county came along, and the timing couldn't be more perfect."

Cleveland Heights residents are encouraged to register at www.clevelandheights.com. A valid email address is required, and options for receiving messages include cell phone, home phone, work phone, email, text or fax.

Residents who need assistance registering are asked to visit the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library.

More information can be found on the city's website or by calling (216) 291-2323.

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