JULY 14– All Hardin County residents have to do is text their ZIP code to 888777 to receive alerts about severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, missing persons, and other situations.
Yes, it’s that easy.
At a training session last week, Hardin County E-911 Director David Alexander said, “We’re really excited about this. It will allow us to reach people about emergency situations more quickly, and especially when people can’t hear the weather sirens.”
Right now the program is opt-in only, meaning only people who sign up will get updates. But, Nixle, the company that developed this software, is working on expanding that.
They’re creating software that would notify every call or text receiving phone in a certain radius. Think of it like the emergency alerts that go out over the radio. Instead of it stopping the music, it would just send an alert to phones in the area.
To receive messages for Hardin County, text any of the eight local area ZIP codes to 888777.
Area ZIP codes include:
•Morris Chapel- 38361
•Pickwick Dam- 38365