I was on Facebook the other day and I noticed a post in the 'Boonville Indiana Community News' group that threw me for a loop. The user asked, "Just a quick question for Boonville residents. How many of you know what the Reach system is?"

Well, technically I am a Boonville resident though I live closer to Newburgh but I didn't know what it was. I looked at the comments and I'm not alone.

According to the website, "From weekly reminders to emergency alerts, keep your people in the loop about the topics that matter most. Deliver mass notifications via text message, voice call, and/or email with your entire organization, or just those with a need to know."

Ah, so it's a way for the City of Boonville to inform their residents of waterline breaks/boil water advisories, power outages, road closures/delays due to construction or accidents, hazmat situations, AMBER/Silver alerts, police actions, civic events or really any other event that would impact a large number of citizens.

Some people said they've been using it for a couple of years. Well, where have I been?

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One of the users added directions on how to enroll:
As good as this service is, if you don’t register, we can’t share important information with you. You decide if you want a text message, voice call, or an email. Each household can register up to 4 phone numbers and 4 email addresses. All you need to do is:
1. Go to www.reachalert.com and click on MY ACCOUNT.
3. Follow the prompts and enter your preferred contact information.
4. Network Name: type Boonville (click on our name when it appears).
5. Select Resident or Business
6. Enter your address and click on it when it appears in the drop-down list.
If you opted to receive text alerts, Reach Alert will send a text message to your cell phone immediately upon completion of your registration. Please enter the 4-digit number on the registration screen and then click the word VALIDATE. If you do not receive this message, please call Reach Alert.
If you do not have access to a computer or if you experience any difficulty registering, please contact REACH Alert at (877) 307-9313.
I went to sign up my husband too and apparently, he GOT the memo. He was already enrolled. Happy to report I received my first text about hydrant flushing. Good times. Good times.

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