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If you no longer have a land line phone you need to manually enter your cell or VoIP phone number to receive emergency notification calls. Another reason to enter your cell phone even if you have a land line or VoIP phone is so you can be notified when you are away from home.
If you would like to signup for emergency notification calls CLICK HERE to enter your information.
Office of the
Broadwater County Sheriff
519 Broadway, Townsend, MT 59644
Phone: 406-266-3441 Fax: 406-266-3762
What is the Target Notification System?
Target Notification is an Emergency Preparedness Notification System. It is designed to rapidly notify an affected area of an emergency by sending a prerecorded message through the telephone system using the 911 data base. This system will now also send the same message to a cell phone or VoIP number if your number is registered.
Why do we need Target Notification?
As your emergency responders we understand the importance of involving the public in public safety emergencies, whether it is seeking help in locating missing persons, sending out information on public safety risks or providing information on wildfire evacuations. The Target Notification System allows the Sheriff's office to efficiently notify as many citizens as needed in a short amount of time.
How does it work?
Target Notification uses the county's 9-1-1 database as its source for telephone numbers determined by an area drawn on a map. Target Notification launches a prerecorded message to those "land-line" numbers in that specified area and the system will leave a message if an answering machine picks up. The system also has a callback feature that ensures the message is delivered. If it reaches a busy signal, the system will try back three times to reach the intended party. For the system to call your cell phone or VoIP phone, you must first register your number with the Broadwater County Sheriff's Office. This can be done by clicking here.
- Don't call 9-1-1 after you are alerted by the system unless the message directs you to do so. This jams the 9-1-1 lines for other emergencies
- You may repeat the system message by following the prompts the system gives you.
- The system generates your phone number only, not your name so your privacy will not be compromised.
- Don't hang up in the middle of the message. The entire message must be delivered for the system to notify us that it was received.
- If you have a telephone zapper used to block out telemarketers or your phone is blocked to unknown callers the system message will not go through.
What if I move out of the area, or no longer want to receive notification calls?
If you move out of Broadwater County, you probably don't want to continue receiving our notification calls. Check to see if Target Notification is offered in your new hometown or County and if it is, register with that jurisdiction. If you move somewhere Target Notification isn't offered, or simply don't want to continue receiving calls on your wireless or VoIP phone, contact the Broadwater County Dispatch Center at 406-266-3441 and request your wireless or VoIP number be removed from the database.
In order to receive emergency notifications on your cellular or VoIP phone, please follow this link to register your cell number. Only land line phone numbers are automatically included in the database - all others must be manually registered by the user.
FAQs for citizens:
Q: Who should opt in?
A: All wireless and VoIP phone subscribers within Broadwater County who wish to receive Target Notifications. Subscribers' wireless and VoIP information will be kept in a separate database, so that if subscribers are already in the 9-1-1 landline database their information will not be changed.
Q: Will my information be sold or distributed?
A: No. All of the information you enter will feed directly into the Target Notification secure database. This information can only be accessed by system administrators and the data will never be sold or distributed to third parties.
Q: When will I receive phone calls?
A: You will receive phone calls when the Target Notification system is activated and your address is within the geographic area chosen to receive the notification message. The Target Notification system will only be activated for emergency purposes such as: evacuations, missing or escaped persons or other public safety information or risks.
Q: What do I do if I move?
A: If you move after you have entered your information into the website you will need to go back into the website and re-enter your information with your new address.
Q: Can I add my landline telephone number?
A: Yes. You can enter your landline phone number into the Opt-In website. If your landline phone number is already in the database, the data you enter into the site will NOT overwrite the existing information for your landline telephone number. If your landline phone number is not already in the database, then the new information will be entered into the database.
Q: Can I enter my telephone number more than once at different addresses?
A: No. The last address that you enter into the website will be the only location that your telephone number is associated with. Your telephone number can only be in the database once, at one location.
Q: Do I have to enter an actual address?
A: Yes. If you enter an address that does not exist you will not be in the database and will not be contacted when the Target Notification system is activated.
Q: Will I be solicited in any way at the phone number that I enter?
A: No. You will only receive phone calls when the Target Notification system is activated and your address is within the geographic notification area chosen. The Target Notification system will only be activated for emergency purposes.
Q: If I am in a location that is different than the address that I enter into the website for my wireless phone, will I still be contacted if an emergency affects the address entered?
A: Yes. No matter where you are physically located, you will only receive calls for emergencies that affect the address entered into the website. So if you are on vacation in a different state you will still receive a phone call if the address you entered is affected by an emergency.
Q: Does it cost me anything to opt-in for Emergency Notification messages?
A: This service is provided to you free of charge by Broadwater County. However, please be aware that text message charges may apply depending on your mobile service agreement and service carrier.