Tate County’s new Civic Ready emergency alert site is officially operational, according to Tate County Emergency Management Agency Director Kim Brownlee.
Brownlee said Civic Ready personnel are still working out a few kinks with the site, but citizens are urged to begin signing up immediately.
The Tate County Supervisors agreed at a meeting last month to pay $2,495 to enroll citizens in a one-year trial run with the notification system, which uses a variety of avenues, including text messages, email, Facebook, and Twitter to keep citizens up-to-date on emergency information.
Along with sending out weather and emergency alerts, the site also provides information pertaining to emergency situations, such as floods, tornadoes, winter weather, earthquakes, droughts, and wildfires.
“It’s so much more than a warning system; it’s a preparedness site, as well,” Brownlee said.
Another helpful feature of the site is the allowance for citizens to post information and pictures, as well.
Though Brownlee said he is pleased with the site and the impact it has had on other counties, he cautioned against relying solely on one source for emergency details.
“Don’t just rely on this site,” Brownlee said. “Always have two or three different ways to get information.”
Those who have email accounts can sign up on the site and select what they would like to receive alerts about, as well as which avenue they would like to receive the alerts through.
For those who do not have an email account, Brownlee said he is happy to sign citizens up over the phone. To sign up by phone, Brownlee can be reached at 562-5012.
Visit the site and sign up at ms-tatecounty.civicready.com.