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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte leaders launched a new 911 system designed to keep you safe during an emergency.
Whether in Charlotte, Huntersville or another town, the new mass alert system can send general county information or news specific to the city where you live.

The right information to the right people at the right time -- that's the challenge, said Mecklenburg Co Interim County Manager, Bobbie Shields.

A challenge that Charlotte Mecklenburg Fire and Police say they're closer to achieving with the new CharMeck Mass Alert Notification system.

We can now send information out immediately to specific groups of people geographically across the county, or specific groups we've created that might be in danger areas, said Deputy Chief Jeff Dulin with CMPD.

Any person living in Mecklenburg County can register for free at www.charmeckalerts.org, and then enter where you live, as well as select others area of the county that you're interested in receiving alerts about and what kind of alerts you want.

The citizens are going to be able to control the information they get, whether its emergency notifications or non-emergency information about street closures, water outages, said Dulin.

From hazardous weather conditions to accidents on the roads, there are emergency alerts for all of them. There are even more for Amber and Silver alerts to find people missing, and community alerts including special events and traffic. Huntersville police say it's perfect to reach out just to those in their city who need to stay informed.

We've had several times we've had to close down a school for a bad wreck or some kind of fuel spill or something like that. Water main breaks are another option, said Capt. Barry Graham with Huntersville Police.

Officials say this is what they need.

Information is power, and the more information our citizens have, the better decisions they can make, said Dulin.

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