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Kemah provides several different types of notifications and alerts, each with a different purpose.
Kemah Connect (powered by Blackboard Connect) is used primarily by the Kemah Police Department to notify subscribers of items with public safety implications. Kemah Connect uses automated phone calls, texts and emails to provide information such as weather situations, event-related traffic issues, Amber Alerts, etc. These may be issued at any time of the day or night since the Police Department is always on duty. You have to create a Kemah Connect account to Sign up for these calls.
This website has a Notify Me function that uses Notifications to send subscribers particular types of data, such as News Flashes, City Council Agendas, Job Opportunities, etc. These emails or text (SMS) messages will normally be sent out during normal City Hall work hours. In critical situations, such as hurricanes, Alert will be posted to the Website and Notifications (as subscribed to in the Alert Center or Notify Me page) will be sent via email or text message as necessary. These Alert Notifications will be in addition to automated Kemah Connect Calls. Creating an account on the website is optional to sign up for Notifications. Also, the Kemah Connect account is different that the Notification (website) account.
Some types of messages will be duplicated in the two systems to ensure maximum coverage.
More information is available in other FAQs.
The Kemah Connect service allows authorized civic leaders to create and rapidly disseminate time-sensitive messages to every telephone number stored in the notification database. With the Kemah Blackboard Connect service, authorized users can send thousands of messages in minutes. Only authorized officials are allowed access to the system. By following the Kemah Blackboard Connect link below, you will be taken to a web portal that allows you to enter your email address and create an account. Follow the online instructions to enter your personal information. It is your responsibility to keep this information up to date, so if you no longer use a landline telephone, please ensure you keep your cell phone number up to date in the system.
To sign up for Agenda Notifications, you can create a Sign In account and be signed in, but you don't have to. Visit the Notify Me page and select the Agenda notifications you would like to receive and indicate whether you want them by email or text message. For each notification you request, you will receive an email that includes a link to confirm your subscription. Once you click that link verifying your subscription, you will receive another email showing that you have subscribed to the notification you chose.
To sign up for Notifications or Alerts, you can create a Sign In account and be signed in or you can choose to sign up without an account. Notifications are available for Alerts, Job Postings, News Flashes, Calendar Items, and Agenda Postings. Visit the Notify Me page and select the notifications you would like to receive and indicate whether you want them by email or text message. For each notification you request, you will receive an email that includes a link to confirm your subscription. Once you click that link verifying your subscription, you will receive another email showing that you have subscribed to the notification you chose. Any time a change occurs that triggers a notification in that area, you will receive a notification.