Nick Capizolli, communications director at the sheriff department, said people wishing to sign up for the free service can go to www.howardcosheriff.com and click on the citizens alert notification system at the top of the page.
From there, it will take users to a website powered by Everbridge. People only have to give out their name, address and phone number and the system is driven by user name and password.
People wishing to sign up who do not have Internet access, can do so by going to any Howard County library and using a computer there or the computer in the lobby at the sheriff department. Once you’re signed up, you don’t need a computer to be notified, just a phone.
Fast facts What: County-wide mass notification system is now available for sign up. System will call residents in the event of major event. Who: All Howard County residents. How: Sign up for free at www.howardcosheriff.com by clicking on citizens alert notification system.