The distribution of timely information can be critical in the event of an emergency or disaster. While social media, the nightly news and other traditional forms of mass communication have their place, when it comes to emergency preparedness, there are better alternatives that we should all be aware of.
The Salt Lake Valley Emergency Communications Center (VECC) is the emergency communications organization that receives 911 calls and dispatches police, fire and medical personnel for all communities in Salt Lake County, with the exception of Salt Lake City and Sandy. Once an emergency phone call is received, it is VECC who gathers all the critical information, assesses the situation and determines which units need to respond.
In addition to receiving 911 calls, VECC has instituted is an Emergency Notification System (ENS) used to alert residents and businesses that are impacted by, or in danger of being impacted by, emergency or disaster. This service is often referred to as a reverse 911, because the communication is being sent from local authorities as opposed to being sent to local authorities.
These alerts come by a phone call, text message and/or email notification and deliver critical information and instructions immediately, such as shelter locations or specific actions one may need take.
However, because the system uses the region’s 911 database, only land-line numbers are automatically added into the system. If you have a cellphone, and would like to be notified via that provider, you must register those telephone numbers. Similarly, if you would like to receive an email notification, you must register the email addresses at which you wish to receive the notification.
Please note that this system only serves addresses that fall within the boundaries of Salt Lake County.
We encourage all residents to register for this free service by clicking here.