MARSHALL COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - "We're out here watching your back," Robert Chaney said. "If something happens - we are going to notify you."
Marshall County Emergency Management Director Robert Chaney says he's partnered up with the City of Madill and the Town of Kingston to implement an emergency notification system for county residents - free of charge.
"We have been able to tie all three of the major entities here in Marshall County together to help pay for it so that we could protect the citizens here in Marshall county," Chaney said.
Chaney says residents will be able to receive alerts via text message, email or by phone.
He says the alerts can go out to a specific neighborhood or to a larger area and even reach people who are just driving through town.
The alerts will be used to notify residents about severe weather, road closures and flooded areas.
"If it was functional today - we could be notifying people that are potentially in a flood zone you need to start making plans for evacuating or protecting that property," Chaney said.
Local law enforcement agencies will also be able to utilize the system to release alerts about crime or car crashes.
"In the event that we have any type of an armed subject or dangerous subject that is on the loose that we are looking for, we can send out a mass notification in the area that we believe that person is in and notify everyone who we are looking for," Sheriff Danny Cryer said.
Chaney says the website should be up within the next two weeks for residents to sign up for the alerts.
He says he plans to have the system up and running by the end of the year.