Castle Shannon announces launch of updated Community Notification Software- "RAVE ALERT/Smart911"

Castle Shannon Borough Announces RAVE Alert/Smart911 to Keep Community Informed During Emergency Situations

Public Safety Officials Encourage Residents to Sign Up for Local Emergency Notifications to be Better Prepared for an Emergency

Castle Shannon, Pa March 1, 2023  – Public safety officials in the Borough of Castle Shannon today announced that RAVE ALERT/Smart911 is now available to all residents, replacing the previous SwiftReach system. RAVE ALERT/Smart911 is a free service that allows individuals to receive notifications sent from state and local authorities to stay informed on potentially hazardous situations involving weather, traffic, and other emergencies.

The switch to RAVE ALERT/Smart911 allows residents to receive alerts via phone, text and email, and answer poll questions that will give Castle Shannon officials critical information during emergency situations. Individuals who are signed up for alerts will receive reliable information about emergencies, including tailored updates based on their specific needs and geographic location.

Individuals who were previously signed up for SwiftReach will need to enroll in RAVE ALERT/Smart911 and add additional and updated information to the new platform to ensure accuracy. Residents and travelers to Castle Shannon who were not previously signed up for SwiftReach  should sign up for free at to receive timely and actionable emergency alerts via email, text, or voice message. They can also identify when and how they are alerted and communicated with before, during, and after emergencies.

RAVE ALERT/Smart911 strengthens Castle Shannon officials’ ability to communicate with residents when it matters most,” said Ken Truver, CSPD Chief of Police and Borough Emergency Management Coordinator.  “This service allows for critical communication with the public and provides individuals with the information needed to stay safe or take precautions during hazardous or emergency situations.

RAVE ALERT/Smart911 is trusted by thousands of institutions including state and local authorities, business, and educational institutions. RAVE ALERT/Smart911 sends millions of messages daily and during critical situations such as severe weather.  

Community members are encouraged to sign up for RAVE ALERT/Smart911 and input or update their information and notification preferences today at  

There will be an initial system wide test on Thursday March 2, 2023 at 12:00pm.

We will be using data already in our database, but residents should register at the link provided and provide updated desired contact information.

If you get the alert, we ask that you acknowledge it by email, if possible, to

For questions, please email or call the police station 412.885.9300