Cumberland Times-News

July 8, 2013

System allows Mineral residents to get severe weather alerts

For the Cumberland Times-News
Cumberland Times-News

— KEYSER, W.Va. — In an effort to keep the community informed of severe weather or emergency conditions that develop in  Mineral County, the county Office of Emergency Management/911 has established a community alert system through Nixle Connect, a civilian communication service for public safety agencies.

Residents may register free through the Nixle website to receive messages ranging from critical alerts to advisories. Information can be received either by text message, email, over the web or by mobile application. Nixle Connect is being used by more than 5,000 public safety agencies across the U.S. to reach residents in a timely manner to provide important information on emergency situations.

Messages can be targeted to specific geographic regions by ZIP code. The goal of this service is to keep residents informed on severe weather that may impact the region, as well as public safety alerts and emergency preparation information, according to William Hentosh, the director of emergency management.      

Residents can sign up to receive text message information by sending a text message with their ZIP code to 888777.

To have more control on what information is received, residents can create an account at www.nixle.com. The Nixle alert system will also interface with Facebook.

For more information, contact the Mineral County Office of Emergency Management at 304-788-1821.