With storm season on the horizon, Madison County Emergency Communications has several options in place to alert residents of dangerous conditions.
The Madison County Emergency Management Team has recently added the Nixle Warning System as a new form of emergency communications in the County. The system uses text messaging to alert residents of a possible emergency situation.
“We encourage all residents of Madison County to apply for this free service,” said Becky Hunt, Madison County Emergency Management Director. “Especially if you live in a rural area where there are no other options. The cost of a text message is a small price to pay for information that could save you or your family’s life.”
Citizens can go to the Nixle website at www.nixle.com to register. Follow the instructions and register up to five zip codes. After registration you will receive a message in the event of dangerous weather.
“I think this is a great service,” said Madison County Sheriff David Lewis. ”If you are sleeping or away from home, you will most likely still have your phone with you.”
The service is free, but standard message rates will apply.
Another option in the case of dangerous weather is a weather alert system. Weather radios are an inexpensive and reliable way to keep ahead of severe weather. The NOAA weather radios can be purchased locally, usually cost between $30 and $40, and offer several options.
The outdoor warning sirens located in Fredericktown and Marquand are a means to notify people outside that a tornado warning has been issued for the area. The siren’s purpose is not to wake you up during the night.
Local media are also a good way to keep informed during severe weather.
Madison County also maintains a public information line. A message is updated daily with the National Weather Service forecast for Madison County and the fire risk of the day from the forestry service. The message line will also inform residents following an event of emergency and recovery information. The number is 573-783-4539.