MONTPELIER (AP) - Vermont residents can now sign up to receive emergency alerts through text messages, e-mail, phone calls or even their game consoles.

The Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security on Monday launched Vermont Alert, a website where the public can sign up to receive notifications ranging from weather advisories to alerts from fire, police and other emergency responders.

Gov. Peter Shumlin says the new system will give Vermonters a head start in preparing for storms or other hazardous conditions.

The system is modeled after New York Alert, which was designed by the state of New York and has been running since 2006. Vermont paid $58,000 for the system.


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