GARDNERVILLE, Nev. — Douglas County has gained access to a national network for emergency alerts.

The Record-Courier reported Wednesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency authorized Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties and Carson City to access the alert system as a unit.

Douglas County spokeswoman Melissa Blosser said the system is a major improvement to the county’s warning capabilities. She said authorities can now warn the public through commercial television and radio broadcasts, along with the wireless emergency alert program.

The new program does not require residents to sign up or register because it is already active on smartphones.

Blosser said the system is only used for major events.

Information from: Gardnerville Record-Courier,

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