Fulton County can help residents stay informed of severe weather alerts this winter season with a free severe weather alert system.
Through the Notify Me tab on the front page of the county website, subscribers can sign up to receive their choice of an email or text message on severe weather alerts sent out by the dispatchers in the 911 Operations Center.
“When there is a watch or warning issued from the National Weather Service in North Webster, Ind., our dispatchers push that information out through the county Notify Me system,” said Rich Kilgour, Fulton County 911 coordinator. “We will also send snow level information out through this system. Many times, our subscribers are receiving the level information before it actually hits news media.”
The Notify Me system also offers subscribers information on newsletters, important messages, and upcoming events.
“The Sheriff’s Office Alert and the Severe Weather Alert are our most popular alerts,” said Toni Schindler, director of marketing and communications for Fulton County Commissioners. “Besides the severe weather information that goes out, other important messages such as Crime Stoppers, missing person alerts, road closures, and scam warnings are sent via Notify Me.”
Schindler said there are several other ways to stay connected. She said Fulton County launched an app in the summer of 2016 allows for our mobile users to receive the same push notifications available through the website to the app. The app can be downloaded for free in both the iPhone and Android app stores.
Additionally, several county agencies have Facebook and Twitter pages. The Sheriff’s Office, the Emergency Management Agency, the health department, and Fulton County have active Facebook pages, and the county and health department operate active Twitter pages.
“All of our partner agencies are continuing to work together to share messaging through our social media pages to reach as many people as possible during severe weather events or emergencies,” Schindler said.
The Notify Me tab can be assessed at www.fultoncountyoh.com or through the Fulton County, Ohio, app under the Notify Me Tab.