Delaware County beginning new alert system for severe weather

DELAWARE, OH (WCMH)–The next time severe weather hits Delaware County, it won’t be CodeRED sending out weather alerts.

After 8 years, the Delaware County EMA has outgrown the reverse 911 call back system. Too many users meant slow weather alerts. Now, the fastest growing county in Ohio is turning to a Twitter-based alert system to send severe weather alerts.

“CodeRED has been a great system for us,” said Sandy Mackey, public information officer for the Delaware County EMA. We are just looking as technology changes we want to make sure we advance along with it.”

The aging system will continue to send out notifications like boil and missing children alerts.

But weather alerts will now be sent via a twitter and text alert system.

“They want to get their alerts in a timely fashion and we want to supply that for them,” Mackey said.

She said the county created a Twitter account where severe weather text messages from the National Weather Service will be tweeted out.

“What people can do is sign up to receive a fast follow, which is a text message from the twitter alert.

To receive these alerts to your phone, send the text “follow @delcoemawx” to 40404 and you’re enrolled. No Twitter account is needed.

The service is free, but standard texting and data rates will apply.

“Phone calls are slower than text messages, so we are just moving forward,” Mackey said.

The National Weather Service advises every home come equipped with one of these a weather radio in addition to text and email alerts. There’s also the NBC4 weather app, where you can also get those severe weather alerts.

Just visit your app store and search for “NBC4i WX.”

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