(Image courtesy of city of Hayward)

Hayward and the Fairview Fire Protection District have switched to a new mass notification system that alerts the public in the event of a local emergency, Hayward city officials announced.

On July 1, AC Alert, a public notification service for Alameda County, replaced the CodeRED alert system that formerly served the two jurisdictions.

People can now opt in to be contacted when an emergency occurs in a location they specify, like a residence, workplace, or school, according to the city of Hayward.

AC Alert users can subscribe for alerts by registering their contact information by emailing eso@hayward-ca.gov or by calling the Hayward Fire Department Emergency Service Office at 510-583-4948.

If a safety hazard or concern arises in the area pinpointed by the subscriber, AC Alert will notify them via the device they submitted, according to the city.

Once they receive an AC Alert message, a subscriber can confirm receipt and the system will cease sending the initial message. If they do not confirm the receipt, the system will continue sending notifications.