The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness announced that the state has completed the implementation of the ALERT FM and SSSNet systems improving the way the state delivers voice and text emergency notifications. GOHSEP will use the new system to send emergency alerts. ALERT FM is an FM radio based emergency system that will help La. better keep citizens,schools, businesses and first responders informed of critical information during natural or man made disasters. Some 90 FM radio stations around the state including KVPI FM, Oldies 92.5, are participating in the ALERT FM network across the state. Residents can get the free ALERT FM app for download to Apple and Android smart phones. The public can also purchase an Alert FM receiver. ALERT FM delivers emergency messages using the date subcarrier of local FM radio transmission towers. Using the ALERT FM, citizens will be able to receive a variety of local messages including weather bulletins, school closings, road closures and evacuations on their smart phone and on special receivers. The special receivers will cost $40 from select retailers or purchase them directly from alertfm.com.