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How do you sign up for reverse 911 calls?

Following incident, Woodstock police talk options

Published: Monday, March 17, 2014 4:09 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 17, 2014 10:03 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – The Woodstock Police Department wants to let residents who don't have landlines know how they can be alerted during reverse 911 calls.

Residents can use the Self Registration Portal on the GeoCast Web Emergency Notification System to sign up for other forms of notification. Emergency alerts can be sent to landlines or cell phones, and through text message or email, according to a release from the department.

To sign up, visit https://mchenryco.onthealert.com and information can be updated on the site as frequently as needed to stay current.

Woodstock police issued a reverse 911 call Thursday in response to a suspicious suspect who, under the influence of alcohol, had reportedly left his home with firearms.

Police later found that the weapons were unloaded and no threats were ever made, Woodstock Police Chief Robert Lowen said Monday. The man was not charged.

Residents who don't have landlines and missed Thursday's reverse 911 call have inquired about how to be alerted of such activity in the future, according to the release.

For more information on the notification system, contact McHenry County E911 Coordinator Theresa Carlson at 815-337-7911.

–Shawn Shinneman

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