KETR Local
9:29 am
Fri November 12, 2010

City's weather warning system lacks participation


Greenville – Greenville residents are encouraged to sign up for the city's weather alert warning system, which provides emergency messages to people via text, voicemail, email and/or landline.

The free emergency notification system taps into the National Weather Service's storm-based warnings, automatically alerting citizens in the path of severe weather.

But according to the Greenville Police Department's Communications Supervisor Bonnie Davis, less than five percent of residents are currently signed up. Davis advises that the program is free of charge and all information provided is confidential.

The weather warning system was most recently enacted late last month when heavy rains, strong winds and hail wreaked havoc on the region, including major damage south of Lone Oak where a tornado touched down.

You can sign up for the program by visiting www.ci.greenville.tx.us/codered.

Citizens that are currently enrolled with the CodeRED service must sign up separately for the Weather Warning system.