Portage County has instituted the Portage County Community Alert System - a communications service for emergency notifications. This system allows Portage County to notify all or targeted areas of the County in case of an emergency situation that requires action. It delivers a recorded message via voice, text and email.
All UWSP faculty, staff, students may sign up for the Portage County Community Alert system if you have a Portage County address. For UW-Stevens Point employees, students or others residing outside the county you may enter your UW-Stevens Point office address to receive Portage County alerts or use the campus main address of 2100 Main Street Stevens Point, WI 54481-3897.
Examples of times when the Portage County Community Alert system could be utilized: severe weather, drinking water contamination, utility outage, evacuation notice and route, missing persons, road closings, traffic alerts, fires or floods, chemical spill or gas leak, and other emergency incidents where additional notification to citizens will be helpful. Please note the Portage County Community Alert system will take time for activation and distribution therefore it may not be viable for situations requiring notifications within 60 minutes or less. Remember at all emergency scenes take direction from police and other emergency response personnel. UW-Stevens Point will utilize other emergency notification systems on campus for immediate notifications (such as voice over alarm systems, full-screen computer pop-up alert, email, and verbal announcements).
The Portage County Community Alert system is another tool for emergency notification and direction. There is no guarantee that all emergencies will allow time for messages to be sent or that they will be received in a timely fashion due to various factors.
It is critical for all individuals to follow directions of police and other emergency responders at the scene of any emergency and plan ahead. For further UWSP emergency response direction see: UWSP Emergency Management Plan