Walker County has a new method for the public to receive emergency and community notifications. The SirenGPS app sends push notifications to smartphones in a matter of seconds, keeping residents alerted to bad weather and other community concerns or interests.
If you click on the message, the system will check you off as being notified. 60 seconds alter, SirenGPS sends out text messages to those who still need to be notified. If you don't read your text, after another 60 seconds anyone still in need of an alert will get a phone call.
Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Blake Hodge said, “We’re concentrating on trying to limit landline usage because our infrastructure can cause a delay of more than an hour if everyone in the county were to receive a phone call. So this new delivery, with an app push notification, is going to be key to the success of this notification system.”
SirenGPS replaced the Hyper-Reach notification system. Residents are urged to download the free SirenGPS app, which is available for Apple and Android devices. Those who do not have a smartphone and wish to receive a text or phone call should contact Tina in the Commissioner’s Office at 706-638-1437 or register online at secure.sirengps.com//register.