Navarro County leaders urge sign-ups for emergency notification system

Posted at 9:06 PM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-24 22:06:19-05

Corsicana and Navarro County leaders have begun getting the word out on their new and improved emergency notification system.

Lindy Lake lives on the outskirts of Corsicana and worries if severe weather comes she won't hear the town tornado sirens.

"Only if the wind is blowing from the east will we hear the sirens in town and if you're inside watching TV you're not gonna hear 'em," Lake said.

Now, she won't have to because she carries a tornado siren in her pocket.

She just signed up for Corsicana and Navarro County's new emergency notification service.

"There are many new features that we're rolling out this year,” said Navarro County Emergency Management Coordinator Eric Meyers. 

That's why Meyers, and others, have begun a push to get more people to sign up.

You can get notifications for everything from burn bans, to boil water orders and everything in between on your cellphone through the service called Everbridge.

Meyers says he can even tailor messages right down to the block, so you only get notified if it's a warning near you.

"You get the real-time information that you need as a citizen when the other sources may not have the up-to-the-date information that we have, we can push these to you in real-time,” Meyers said. 

And that gives Lake peace of mind, that the next time, bad weather comes through she knows ahead of time.

"I like to be aware of what's coming, what kind of potential weather we may have that's coming our way, so we can be prepared,” Lake said.

Because she doesn't want to depend on the wind blowing just the right way, to hear a warning.

You can sign up anytime.

You can text NAVARRO to 888777 to opt-in, or you can create an Everbridge account at their website.

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