Wood County Emergency Alert System Keeps Citizens Safe and Informed with Everbridge Resident Alerts
Residents and Businesses Can Sign Up to Receive Critical Communications and Emergency Alerts
Wood County Emergency Alert System is now working with Everbridge, the worldwide leader in unified critical communications, to keep residents, staff and emergency personnel safe and informed with quick and reliable emergency notifications and public service announcements. The Wood County Emergency Alert System will begin using Everbridge Resident Alerts to communicate with citizens and businesses during emergencies and other critical events. Residents are encouraged to register immediately to receive these alerts: www.woodcounty911.com
Wood County Emergency Alert System will use the Everbridge emergency notification system to alert residents about a variety of events, ranging from severe weather, fires, floods and other emergencies, to more routine announcements, such as road closures and water utility maintenance. Messages will be sent to residents on their preferred contact paths—cell phone, SMS, home phone, email, fax, pager and more—to ensure real-time access to potentially lifesaving information. Residents listed in the Wood County 911 database will be automatically subscribed to alerts by phone, but Everbridge allows citizens to self-register, provide additional contact information or opt out.
Register for Everbridge Resident Alerts now.
The Vienna Police Department would like to warn residents of an IRS scam currently circulating. Several residents have reported receiving phone calls from individuals claiming to be representatives from the IRS. These individuals are claiming that “You owe back taxes” and are using scare tactics to entice residents to give personal information over the phone or to pay them money immediately. The caller claiming to be an IRS agent will usually threaten to sue you for the money or threaten to have you immediately arrested by local law enforcement. The main purpose for these types of phone scams is to steal money from the victims or to obtain personal information so that the caller can steal the identity of others. It is also important to realize that the IRS will not:
- Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
- Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount you owe.
- Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
- Ask for your credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
- Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.
If you receive these types of calls, hang up immediately. Please contact your local law enforcement agency, your States Attorney General’s Office or the Federal Trade Commission to report these types of phone calls.
The Vienna Police Department is a partner with Project ChildSafe. The Vienna Police Department has a limited number of firearm safety kits available to the public free of charge. For more information on visit Projectchildsafe.org
Effective May 16th, 2012 the Vienna Police Department will be charging for our finger printing service.
Vienna Business: No Charge
Vienna Resident: $5.00
All Others: $15.00
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In light of Hurricane Irene, the public is reminded to beware of fraudulent emails and websites purporting to conduct charitable relief efforts. To learn more about avoiding online fraud, please see “Tips on Avoiding Fraudulent Charitable Contribution Schemes” Recently several natural disasters, including tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes, have devastated lives and property. In the wake of these events that have caused emotional distress and great monetary loss to numerous victims, individuals across the nation often feel a desire to help these victims, frequently through monetary donations. These disasters prompt individuals with criminal intent to solicit contributions purportedly for a charitable organization or a good cause. Therefore, before making a donation of any kind, consumers should adhere to certain guidelines, to include the following:
- Do not respond to unsolicited (SPAM) e-mail.
- Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as officials soliciting via e-mail for donations.
- Do not click on links contained within an unsolicited e-mail.
- Be cautious of e-mail claiming to contain pictures in attached files, as the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders.
- To ensure contributions are received and used for intended purposes, make contributions directly to known organizations rather than relying on others to make the donation on your behalf.
- Validate the legitimacy of the organization by directly accessing the recognized charity or aid organization’s website rather than following an alleged link to the site.
- Attempt to verify the legitimacy of the non-profit status of the organization by using various Internet-based resources, which also may assist in confirming the actual existence of the organization.
- Do not provide personal or financial information to anyone who solicits contributions: providing such information may compromise your identity and make you vulnerable to identity theft.
To obtain more information on charitable contribution schemes and other types of online schemes, visit www.LooksTooGoodToBeTrue.com.
If you believe you have been a victim of a charity related scheme, contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud by telephone at (866) 720-5721, or by fax at (225) 334-4707, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org You can also report suspicious e-mail solicitations or fraudulent websites to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov.
1 National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) was originally established by the Department of Justice to investigate, prosecute, and deter fraud in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Its mission has expanded to include suspected fraud from any natural or man-made disaster. More than 20 federal agencies, including the FBI, participate in the NCDF, allowing it to act as a centralized clearinghouse of information related to relief fraud.
Welcome to the Vienna Police Department in Vienna, WV. The Vienna Police Department will provide professional and impartial Law Enforcement services to the citizens and visitors to our community. The Department is dedicated to the prevention of crime; the protection of life and property; the maintenance of law and order; the enforcement of laws and ordinances; and upholding the constitutional rights of all those within our jurisdiction. Our commitment is driven by maintaining the highest standards of Law Enforcement.