City of Portage Community Spotlight: Notification System

City of Portage Community Spotlight: Notification System

Each Sunday we will feature a project going on within the city, happenings within a department or someone who works hard to provide services to the community. Today we want to remind everyone that if they haven't yet, the new year would be a good time to sign up for the city's new notification system. Here's the details:

The City of Portage recently upgraded its notification system in an effort to keep residents better informed of happenings throughout the city.

We have selected Hyper-Research to bring residents the latest information on city news, events, activities or emergencies.

Hyper-Reach is a state of the art mass notification system and replaces the city's former notification system.

Residents can register to receive notifications through a mix of telephone calls, texts and email messages. TTY/TDD service for the hearing impaired is also available.

The system sends thousands of these messages to geographically targeted households within seconds.

Enrolling in the new system is fast and easy and residents are encouraged to enroll now either by calling or texting “Alert” to (219) 203-1861 or by going to the website Residents can choose what kind of notifications they wish to receive and through which method they are delivered during enrollment.

Residents can also download the Hyper-Reach Anywhere app on their smartphone. Hyper-Reach Anywhere is a free smartphone app that allows individual citizens to manage and monitor the alerts they receive, both for their home and office addresses and for other addresses they care about such as those of elderly relatives or friends.

Landline phones are automatically enrolled for Community alerts, but Weather alerts to landline phones and Community and Weather alerts to mobile phones and email addresses are only included when people enroll.

Please take advantage of the new notification system and enroll as soon as possible.