Tallapoosa County transitions from tornado sirens to phone alerts

Tallapoosa County transitions from tornado sirens to phone alerts

DADEVILLE, AL (WSFA) - Your phone could save your life next time there’s a threatening storm.

“The technology has been out there for a couple of years," said Tallapoosa County EMA Director Jason Moran.

Moran has been on a mission for more than a year now to spread the word through literature to encourage people to sign up for the alert system. Relying on the distant wail of the siren is no longer the way to go.

“It would have been nice to have it 50 years ago but you know cell phones have only been around for a few years, so as technology evolves, I welcome the change," said Moran.

Tallapoosa County EMA Director Jason Moran has been on a mission for more than a year to encourage people to sign up for the new alert system.
Tallapoosa County EMA Director Jason Moran has been on a mission for more than a year to encourage people to sign up for the new alert system. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

The process is simple. You can call Moran with your phone information or do it yourself on-line assuming you have internet service.

Tallapoosa County has 25 tornado sirens and not all of them work but even if they did, they would only reach about 25 percent of the county.

Half of the county’s sirens are located in Alex City. A minimum repair job would be $500, one more reason going this route is far better and more trustworthy.

Tallapoosa County has just over 42,000 residents; 14,000 have signed up.

“You can create your own user name and password," Moran said.

Moran is well on his way in achieving his goal, the goal of full connectivity by all before the next storm strikes. He says the tornado sirens will likely be taken down and the Tallapoosa Alert system sign up is free of charge.

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