Imagine a phone call from 9-1-1 when a tornado is spotted near you, or a text message when traffic has been rerouted on a road in your area.
Madison County leaders are seeking a grant to bring this sort of service to county citizens who want it.
County commissioners agreed July 25 to allow emergency officials to apply for a grant for a public alert system, which would be administered through the county 9-1-1 center.
“There are several other counties that have this, where if you choose as a resident to sign up for it, 9-1-1 can notify you on whatever you choose — your e-mail, your text, your home phone or whatever in case of emergency,” said BOC commission chairman Anthony Dove.
The chairman said the service could be used “for a lot of different things,” noting that traffic could be rerouted in the event of a major accident.