Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 22, 2014

No problem with county emergency alert system

From staff reports

— Those who signed up for the Howard County Citizens Alert Notification System did not get alerts during this week’s severe weather drills, but that doesn’t mean the system isn’t working properly.

Howard County Sheriff Steve Rogers said since this week’s tests were just drills and not an actual emergency that was put out by the National Weather Service, the system was not activated.

Residents who sign up for the system through the sheriff department website will be alerted by text, call or email to any impending dangers, like a tornado.

The Howard County Sheriff Department launched its mass notification system last week. The severe weather notifications come directly from the National Weather Service.

The new system will alert people in the path of a tornado before the tornado hits.

People wishing to sign up for the free service can go to www.howardcosheriff.com and click on the citizens alert notification system at the top of the page.

From there, it will take users to a website powered by Everbridge. People only have to give their name, address and phone number and the system is driven by user name and password.

People wishing to sign up who do not have Internet access can do so by going to any Howard County library and using a computer there or the computer in the lobby at the sheriff department. Once you’re signed up, you don’t need a computer to be notified, just a phone.