Country Thunder festival implements new 'PENS' alert system

Country Thunder festival implements new 'PENS' alert system
Country Thunder festival goers will now be able to receive alert notifications from the Pinal County Sherrif's Office during the concert.

FLORENCE, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Country Thunder festival goers can use their phones for more than just Instagram pictures and Snapchat stories this year.

The Pinal County Office of Emergency Management and Pinal County Sheriff's Office will be utilizing the Pinal Emergency Notification System (PENS) to keep concert-goers updated and aware of safety concerns.

By texting "CTAZ2018" to 888-777, anyone in the country will be opted in to receive notifications sent out by Emergency Management Staff during the four days of the festival.

""This is a robust [program that] can send out pertinent public safety information about Country Thunder, no matter where you are in the county, state, or country. We will make full use of this during Country Thunder," said Emergency Manager Chuck Kmet.

Authorities say the information that can be sent out during the festival include, traffic around the venue, significant weather changes, site maps of the venue, line-up/performance times, important phone numbers, lost/found children, lost/found pets, potential hazards, fire prevention, and bee mitigation.

Several festival venues have implemented similar notification systems as a result of the 2017 Las Vegas shootings, in an effort to ramp-up security and prevention measures.

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