Residents of Co Limerick will soon be able to receive alerts about severe weather, road works, road closures, traffic accidents, water service disruptions, and other service changes throughout the county via the MapAlerter.com system.
Limerick County Council will be rolling out a new system that is a free service for people who want to receive service alerts from their local authority by text message, email, landline and social media, including Facebook and Twitter. Landline alerts are also available. All they have to do is register with MapAlerter.com for a free account.
The service has already been implemented in Counties Wexford, Carlow and Roscommon, as well as Waterford City.
“MapAlerter.com is a free multi-channel alert service that allows people to receive alerts from Limerick County Council when important events take place in their locality,” explained Eugene Griffin, county secretary, Limerick County Council.
“With the winter season now upon us, this service may prove very useful to members of the public,” said Griffin, who added that Limerick County Council is looking to utilise MapAlerter.com as much as possible.
Brendan Cunningham, managing director of PinPoint Alerts, the Kilkenny-based company behind the free tool, said people who register with MapAlerter.com will only ever receive alerts for issues that affect them.
"We allow you to register two locations, home and work. So when the council issues an alert for a given location MapAlerter checks to see who is affected. If you live within an affected region then you will receive an alert from a range of channels such as SMS, email, landline and social media. If you are not within an alert zone, then you receive nothing,” Cunningham said.