Dare County has released a video informing Outer Banks residents and visitors of its transition to a new and improved alerts and notifications platform called OBXAlerts.
On Jan. 19, 2021, the county announced its switch to the new platform, which will also be used by the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head and Manteo.
Dare County and the six municipalities will use the platform to disseminate a wide array of county and town alerts and notifications, including severe weather watches and warnings, public safety and emergency-related warnings, as well as other time-sensitive and routine notifications.
OBXAlerts may also be used to deliver notifications when trash pickup is changed or delayed, when water delivery is disrupted, and for distributing routine media releases and other non-emergency information.
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 their preferred ways to receive the information.
Use of the current system—which was originally launched in 2017 as the Dare County Alerts and Notification System—will end on Feb. 28, 2021. Due to the switch to a new service provider, current subscribers’ contact information and passwords are not transferable. Current subscribers of the previous system will need to sign up for OBXAlerts in order to receive alerts and notifications.