July 31, 2014

Medina
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Warning system activated in Medina County

Medina County cell phone and computer users now can receive warnings about emergencies, such as tornadoes and flash floods, thanks to a new notification system.

County Emergency Management Agency officials said the mass-notification system, made by Everbridge, can send out “targeted” alerts to residents in specific areas that may be threatened.

Many landline numbers that are in the phone book already are in the Everbridge database. But agency officials urge residents to register to make sure, in addition to registering all cell phones and email addresses.

“No single tool will provide enough warning to all people in all situations,” an agency spokesperson said Tuesday in announcing the activation of the new system.

In addition to emergencies, residents also can sign up to be notified of Amber, crime and neighborhood alerts, power outages, health department and water department notices and missing persons.

Residents can register at no cost with the Everbridge system by visiting the county’s Emergency Management Agency website at www.ema.medinaco.org.

Liverpool gets sirens

The county Emergency Management Agency awarded Liverpool Township a $22,600 federal grant to fund the installation of two outdoor emergency sirens.

Jack Petrone, Valley City fire chief, said the sirens are the first outdoor sirens in the township. He said the grant paid for almost half of the project.

“You can’t really put a price on early warning and prevention,” he said.

The sirens, on Station and Center roads, were installed Tuesday. They do not yet have power and have not been tested.

The work was part of a larger initiative to install seven warning sirens in Liverpool Township.

Contact Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.