The following is a press release from the City of Idaho Falls.
IDAHO FALLS – The city has had a messaging system through its website for more than five years, as well as live streaming of city council meetings and a separate SMS system, but the capabilities of the SMS system were limited and disconnected. The new system, called Civic Ready, offers more of a âone-stop-shopâ and allows the city to interface seamlessly with other communication platforms, including social media pages and the city’s website.
âProviding accurate, reliable and timely information to our community is very important to us, and we are always looking for ways to improve communication,â said Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper. âThere are so many ways to get information these days, but by subscribing to city notifications, you can receive factual and timely information straight from the source on issues that are important to you. “
Residents can continue to choose from emails, text messages or voicemail messages to notify them of areas of interest. The new and improved system allows the city to send an unlimited number of text messages, provides the ability to schedule important notices to be broadcast in advance, and allows users to select their preferred language for notifications.
The city is also expanding notification options to include items such as leaf collection, road construction, contractor license training, information from Idaho Falls Power and Idaho Falls Fiber, as well as planning and zoning meetings. The City plans to expand notification options in the future.
Citizens who have already subscribed to receive notifications through the City’s previous texting system for things such as park and recreation sports programs, events or parking restriction notifications for snow removal do not have to re-subscribe. These users have been migrated to the new system.
To subscribe, unsubscribe or modify notifications, Click here. Users can also sign up to receive emergency notifications sent by the Idaho Falls / Bonneville County dispatch center from this web page.
âEven though people have signed up for notifications in the past, we encourage them to go online and see if there are any additional new areas of interest to them,â Casper said. “We hope to continue to add new areas of interest from time to time and hope that residents will continue to register and learn about important topics.”
Residents are also encouraged to follow City of Idaho Falls services on social media and stay tuned to local media for important information.