Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting the VT-ALERT web portal, maintained by the New York State Office of Emergency Management (NYSOEM).
This website is designed to make it easier and more efficient for Vermont State citizens and businesses to receive emergency information from state and local government sources. Like all online resources, we recognize that visitors to this website are concerned about their privacy. The New York State Office of Emergency Management and the Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) are committed to preserving your privacy when visiting this website.

This policy describes privacy practices regarding information collected from visitors to this website. This policy describes what data is
collected and how that information is used. NYSOEM and DEMHS may, at its sole discretion, change modify, add, or delete portions of this policy. Because this privacy policy only applies to this website, you should examine the privacy policy of any website, including other State websites, you access through this website.

Information Collected When You Visit this Website

When visiting this website NYSOEM and DEMHS automatically collects and stores the following information about your visit:

1.     The Internet Protocol address and domain name of your Internet service provider. The Internet Protocol address is a numerical identifier assigned either to your Internet service provider or directly to your computer, which can be used to direct internet traffic to you;

2.     The type of browser and operating system you used;

3.     The date and time you visited this site;

4.     The web pages or services you accessed at this site; and

5.     The URL or web site address of the web site you visited prior to coming to this website and from which any web page on this site was linked.

This information is used to improve this website's content and to help understand how people are using this website. This information is collected for statistical analysis, to determine what information is of most and of least interest to our visitors, and to identify system performance or problem areas. The information is not collected for commercial marketing purposes and the NYSOEM and DEMHS does not sell or distribute the information collected from the Portal for commercial marketing purposes.

Information Collected When You Email this Website

If during your visit to this website you send an email to DEMHS, your email address and the contents of your email will be collected.

The information collected is not limited to text characters and may include audio, video, and graphic information formats you send. The information is retained in accordance with the public record retention provisions in the State Arts and Cultural Affairs Law.

Your email address and the information contained in your email will be used to respond to you, to address issues you identify, to further improve this website, or to forward your email to another agency for appropriate action. Your email address is not collected for commercial marketing purposes and the NYSOEM nor DEMHS does not sell or distribute your email address for commercial marketing purposes.

Information Collected When You Initiate an Online Transaction Through This Website

During your visit to this website you may initiate a transaction such as a survey, registration or order form. The information, including
personal information, volunteered by you in initiating the transaction is used by NYSOEM and DEMHS to operate NYSOEM and DEMHS programs, which include the provision of goods, services and information. The information collected by NYSOEM and DEMHS may be disclosed by NYSOEM and DEMHS for those purposes that may be reasonably ascertained from the nature and terms of the transaction in connection with which the information was submitted by you.

People are cautioned that the collection of personal information provided by any individual in an email will be treated the same as information given by an adult, and may, if not protected by federal or State law, be subject to public access. NYSOEM and DEMHS encourages parents and teachers to be involved in children's Internet activities and to provide guidance whenever children are asked to provide personal information on-line.

Personal Information and Choice

"Personal information" is information about an individual (e.g. an individual's name, address, and phone number). A domain name or Internet Protocol address is not considered personal information.

Disclosure of Information Collected Through This Website

Information collected through this website, personal or otherwise, may, if not protected by federal or State law, be subject to disclosure pursuant to law, such as the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), or court order.

Additionally, NYSOEM and DEMHS may disclose personal information to federal or State law enforcement authorities to enforce its rights against unauthorized access or attempted unauthorized access to the State's information.

Security

NYSOEM and DEMHS limits employee access to personally identifiable information from this website to only those employees who need access to perform a specific job. Security measures have been integrated into the design, implementation, and day-to-day operations of this website as part of our continuing commitment to the security of electronic content as well as the electronic transmission of information.

NOTE: The information contained in this policy should not be construed in any way as giving business, legal, or other advice,
or warranting as fail proof, the security of information provided via this website. For site security purposes and to ensure that this website remains available to all users, NYSOEM and DEMHS employs software to monitor traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise cause damage to this website.

Cookies

This website is designed to become your personalized access to emergency information, where you decide what information from state government websites is important to you, and create your own unique state government page. This ability to customize this website is achieved through the use of persistent cookies, which are simple text files stored by your web browser that provide a method of distinguishing among visitors to websites. Cookies created on the device you use to access this website do not contain personally identifiable information and do not compromise your privacy or security. We use the cookie feature to store a randomly generated identifying tag on the device you use to access this website. The use of cookies is a standard practice among Internet websites. The software and hardware you use to access this website allows you to refuse the cookie or delete the cookie file at any time.

Links Disclaimer

In order to provide visitors with certain information, this website provides links to local, state and federal government agencies, and
websites of other organizations. A link does not constitute an endorsement of the content, viewpoint, accuracy, opinions, policies, products, services, or accessibility of that website. Once you link to another website from this website, including one maintained by NYSOEM or DEMHS, you are subject to the terms and conditions of that website, including, but not limited to, its privacy policy. 

Information Disclaimer

Information provided on this website is intended to allow the public immediate access to public information. While all attempts are made to provide accurate, current, and reliable information, NYSOEM or DEMHS recognizes the possibility of human and/or mechanical error. Therefore, NYSOEM, DEMHS, their employees, officers and agencies make no representations as to the accuracy, completeness, currency, or suitability of the information provided by this website, and deny any expressed or implied warranty as to the same.

Question or Comments

Question or comments concerning this policy may be referred to: postmaster@vtalert.gov

OR

VTAlert Administrator
State of Vermont
Department of Public Safety
Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
45 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671-1300

Telephone - 800.347.0488