July 23, 2016

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Wadsworth begins ‘One Call Reaches All’ alert system

WADSWORTH — The city has implemented a voluntary mass-notification system to alert residents and businesses electronically about local emergencies and community events.

The new system was operational Friday and enables city officials to provide necessary information to the public quickly, such as when there is a threat to health or safety, said Matt Hiscock, the city’s director of public health and safety.

“For those who opt in for the service, it’s basically a tool to alert them about emergencies and city matters,” Hiscock said.

Notifications will be available for severe weather, school closings, water-main breaks or hazardous material spills, Hiscock said. People also can be updated on scheduled events, such as city parades and festivals.

Once signed up for the service, people can receive updates via a home telephone, cell phone, work telephone, text message, email or fax, Hiscock said. There is no cost to receive the service.

To sign up for notifications, access www.wadsworthcity.com, click on the “One Call Reaches All” icon and follow the instructions. People also can register at www.ema.co.medina.oh.us.

“The days of ‘robo-calling’ landlines and hoping that citizens receive timely, important information and notifications are gone,” Hiscock said.

The notification system is an overall collaboration with other municipalities, townships and villages in Medina County, Hiscock said.

For more information, call Hiscock at (330) 335-2705.

Contact reporter Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.