January 19, 2021
The Town of Kill Devil Hills joins the other Dare County local governments in taking a step to improve emergency and selected non-emergency communications with our citizens and visitors. The local governments have chosen Rave Mobile Safety to deliver a new platform for county and town alerts and notifications.
Due to the switch to a new service provider, current subscribers' contact information and passwords are not transferable. Individuals who are currently subscribed to emergency alerts with Kill Devil Hills and Dare County will need to re-register with OBXAlerts.
To receive OBXAlerts notifications, simply click here to register and select your notification preferences in the new system. You will be prompted to input your first and last name, an email address and a physical address. Providing a physical address allows the system to deliver alerts to those in a specific geographic area.
OBXAlerts users will still have access to emergency alerts, including severe weather watches and warnings, public safety and emergency-related warnings such as county wide evacuation orders and other time critical notifications. The new platform will be used by county and town officials to improve access to routine notifications.
Users can choose which county and town lists they want to join when they are setting up and maintaining their profile. All alerts and notifications can be sent via text, email and a phone call, depending upon the methods the user chooses as a way to receive the information. Registering for OBXAlerts will enable Kill Devil Hills and Dare County citizens and visitors to have emergency and routine notifications delivered to them using the pathways they choose when setting up their account.
When signing up for the new OBXAlerts platform, Kill Devil Hills and Dare County residents and visitors will establish a very basic Smart911 profile. If they so choose, they can expand their profile with additional information that can be shared with public safety officials.
This option can be helpful for those with special medical needs or other considerations that public safety officials should be aware of in the event of an emergency — for example, if someone needs assistance when evacuating, has service animals, requires medical equipment or has any other special needs that must be addressed in order to keep them safe when an emergency occurs.
It is easy to subscribe to OBXAlerts and to create a Smart911 profile. The Smart911 app can be downloaded through the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Use of the current system will end on February 28, 2021. Current subscribers to Kill Devil Hills and Dare County’s emergency alerts system will need to re-register to join OBXAlerts.