EMA Encourages Residents to Prepare for Severe Weather Season
ALERT FM Receivers available for purchase
Dresden, Tennessee- February 24, 2011- With “Severe Weather Awareness Week” upon us, Weakley County Emergency Management Agency director, Jamison Peevyhouse, is encouraging residents to begin preparing for severe weather that could move across the county in the upcoming spring months.
“To prepare for this year’s spring storm season, residents should make sure that they are well informed,” Peevyhouse said. “We offer a variety of programs that residents can belong to get up-to-date information including ALERT FM.”
In 2009, the county began using ALERT FM as a means of keeping schools, business, and residents informed of impending severe weather conditions and post weather instructions. Residents can receive this important information by purchasing an ALERT FM receiver for around $40 with no recurring usage fees from Bradford Bestway in Bradford, Rutherford Grocery in Rutherford, or www.alertfm.com. Receivers are small, light weight, and easy to program
“During a severe weather event, ALERT FM receivers have ability to provide residents with critical information, directly from the National Weather Service, and state and county officials.” said Jim Lowery, general manager of Global Security Systems (manufacturer of ALERT FM).
Peevyhouse also encourages residents to prepare for spring storm season by having an emergency plan and disaster supply kit, practicing drills, and knowing your location in relation to the impending storm.
About ALERT FM
ALERT FM is owned and operated by Global Security Systems, LLC (GSS) of Jackson, Miss. It is a personal alert and messaging system that enables state and local government and private sector officials to create and send emergency information to targeted recipients. Potential information includes severe weather warnings, homeland security notices, hurricane evacuation instructions, utility notices, plant or school closings, employee notifications and traffic alerts. First responders, school officials, citizens, and businesses can receive this information based on geographic or organizational groupings through specially designed ALERT FM receivers or any device equipped with a standard FM chip. ALERT FM has been implemented at the university, state, county and multi-county levels. More than 50 million people in 14 states have access to ALERT FM technology.
weakly AFM severe weather press release.pdf (75.60 kb)