White Co. uses new emergency alert system

White County Emergency Management Agency uses new alert system during severe weather.
White County Emergency Management Agency uses new alert system during severe weather.

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – An emergency alert system in White County was used for the first time Sunday night.

Heather McCormick lives just outside of Monticello in White County.

“Living out here and not being able to hear the tornado sirens, you don’t really know when you’re going to have bad weather. Especially, if you’re electricity goes out and you don’t have a television or anything, so it’s best if you have kind of a back-up plan,” McCormick said.

Her back-up plan is a new emergency alert system in White County. Sunday night it was put to use for the first time. Emergency Management deputy director Roberta Yerk said a trained spotter saw rotation in the sky on the west side of the county.

“That’s when we decided we should at least let the citizens know what is going on even though it differed from the National Weather Service,” Yerk said. “We felt that it to be in the best safety of the citizens that we would go ahead and set the sirens off and alert them.”

Yerk said the text, email and call alert system worked well during the storm.

“To me we can alert the citizens a lot faster sometimes,” Yerk said.

“It’s very proactive,” said McCormick. “And if it can help save people when bad weather comes, that’s what it’s all about.”

McCormick said the emergency alerts give her peace-of-mind knowing she’ll be informed, even out of reach of the sirens.

“It worked and that’s what it’s all about,” McCormick said.

To sign up for the White County emergency alerts, click here.

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