New mobile alert system coming to Marshall County

New mobile alert system coming to Marshall County

MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Marshall County is getting a new mobile alert system to keep residents safe.

EMA officials say they like the new warning system so much better because it can provide much more than just weather alerts.

Everbridge is the company approved to notify residents about issues that happen in Marshall County.

Emergency management agency officials will operate the new system. Residents will able to sign up with an app on their cellphone, or they can simply request to receive emails or calls to their landline phone.

EMA director Anita McBurnett says the system is capable of notifying residents large scale by contacting everyone in the county or by groups of people by location.

But it's not just weather. McBurnett says it can reach out to others for such things as road closures or where warming or cooling centers may be.

"If we have a disaster it will become very important then because then we can notify those residents who may be in that impacted area that have signed up. We can give them information about where a disaster response center is set up or when someone would be coming out doing a damage assessment or where they need to get information from FEMA," said McBurnett.

McBurnett estimates they'll have the roll out within the next six months.

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