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RCPD to use IRIS system

By The Mercury

The Riley County Police Department will begin using the IRIS Alert Program to alert the public of emergencies and potential dangers through email and text message beginning on Monday.

Riley County Capt. Jeff Hooper said the system would be used to alert the public to situations including dangerous suspects at large, bomb threats, hazardous materials spills and so forth.

Schools, businesses and individual people can sign up and receive the alerts by following these steps provided by the department:

-Log on to the Riley County, Kansas official website at

-Click on the IRIS Emergency Notification link on the legend located on the left of the web page. From this page you will click on the Sign Up for IRIS Emergency Notifications link.

-Fill out the form appropriately. Note: Although the form provides a field for a secondary address, be aware that message alerts will only go to the primary address. Also note that all addresses have to be within Riley County. Any addresses outside of the county will not receive alert notifications.

-There may be times a radius is chosen for certain notifications. If your address is outside of the radius, you will not receive alert notifications. It is recommended that if you are interested in incidents occurring near or at specific locations, you use that specific location’s address. The department’s suggestion is that you choose the most important location you are interested in or create multiple logins, for example, one for your home and one for your child’s school. Due to a limited number of public logins, you may choose to register your home address and have a spouse register the school’s address.

-Be sure to indicate which subscriptions you are interested in as well as the device on which you would like the notices to go. Keep in mind that if you choose more than one device, you will receive a notification on all of your devices when an alert goes off, no matter the time of day.

-It is your responsibility to update contact information if it should change.

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