City of Macomb can now call your phone in case of emergencies - WGEM.com: Quincy News, Weather, Sports, and Radio

City of Macomb can now call your phone in case of emergencies

Posted:

MACOMB (WGEM) -- It's technology that lets you know when there's an emergency...straight to your phone.

The Macomb Fire Department is beginning a new emergency notification system, which will call your phone with a recorded message, in case of incidents like gas leaks, water main breaks, or hazardous waste spills.  

The system can also notify you in case of a tornado warning--an upgrade to their current system--something the fire chief says was the genesis for this idea.

"It's just an outdoor warning system," said Chief Andy Taylor.  "I felt like we needed to notify people more.  Joplin, Missouri was another thing that came to mind, as far as that tragedy there, and just being able to notify Macomb if a tornado might happen--we can get warnings out earlier to people."

The system is able to call the entire city, or phones in specific areas.  

If your landline phone is in the 911 database, you are already signed up, though you can opt out.  Chief Walker is asking the community to register their cell phone numbers.  You can do so by clicking here to visit the city's website.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WGEM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Donna Vancil at 217-228-6617. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.