Bucks County has created the ReadyBucks system, which will be used to alert subscribers before and during a major emergency. It can also be tailored by subscribers to deliver other alerts, such as weather, health, crime and community notifications. Bucks County residents, businesses and organizations are encouraged to register at the Bucks County registration page to receive the alerts.
This mass notification system, which is managed by the vendor Everbridge, allows Bucks County Emergency Services to contact thousands of residents and business in a matter of seconds, perhaps at times when those seconds are crucial. Subscribers have the ability to opt in and opt out at any time for the types of alerts they want. The key, however, is they must register to participate.
ReadyBucks offers the flexibility for residents to choose the type of information they want to receive, ranging from severe weather information to road closures. The system also can note any functional and access needs information that would be important to first responders in the event of an emergency. Specific municipality information - notifications and news for residents in any of Bucks County’s 54 municipalities - can also be requested by residents when they sign up for the service.
In addition to the County and municipal levels, multiple school districts within Bucks are exploring the use of ReadyBucks as a notification tool for winter weather delays and closures.
Subscribers to Bucks County’s previous notification system, ReadyNotifyPA, have received instructions about how to register on ReadyBucks.