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.
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