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County implements emergency notification system

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    Following major tornados in Texas and Oklahoma in the past few days, Hopkins County Judge Chris Brown said Tuesday morning he would be implementing a county emergency notification system immediately.
    The program that will send tornado warnings and other weather notifications to citizens’ cell phones in the form of text messages and to email addresses.
    Brown said he has been working on the program for several weeks and had planned to put the whole system into operation later.
    “What we will call this is phase one of this program,” Brown said. “Essentially, what it takes is for a National Weather Service notification, and it allows every citizen in Hopkins County to get those notifications.”
    The judge emphasized the notification system, in this phase, will not call a home phone or land-line telephone number, it will only send text messages and email messages.
    To sign up, simply go to the Hopkins County Internet website, www.hopkinscountytx.org, and follow the links to the National Weather Service sign-up page.
    Citizens will have the option to be notified of the categories listed and must check each box they prefer. The instructions on the link should lead citizens through the signup process. Make sure to select the last box on the list when signing up in the link above.
    “A key thing to remember is this is text and email only,” he said. “The only way you get this is by text and email in this phase of the system.”
    Brown also said that this system would not allow any “spam” advertising or other messages.
    “Hopkins County will be the only entity that uses this system and only two people in the county have the authority to broadcast any alerts other than the National Weather Service notifications,” he said. “We will not allow private entities to utilize the system.”




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