County debuts new alert system


Reporter - Todd Faulkner
Photojournalist - Chad Darnall

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. - Winter storms, extreme flooding and even highway crashes.  People can now be alerted to events like these in one community by signing up for a free service. 

McCracken County Emergency Management has launched a new alert notification service.  People can have the alerts sent to their cell phones as texts or to their land lines. 
"They know that something important is coming in and they need to heed the warning," Paul Carter with McCracken County Emergency Management said. 
The new system will send out notifications about natural disasters, amber alerts or major traffic detours. 
"It's uncommon to find somebody that doesn't have a cell phone so we feel like we can get this information out to virtually the whole community in just a few minutes time," Carter added. 
"I would definitely use it," Julie Higdon, a mother, said.  "I'd like to be updated as soon as possible if there's anything going on.  Not have to wait until I get home.  Not have to wait until somebody calls me." 
Carter is quick to point out that this new system should not, and will not, take the place of the county's warning sirens or the use of weather radios. 
"This just makes me more comfortable with the service that we're providing," Carter said. 
To learn more about McCracken County's new notification service, click here.  To learn more about WPSD Local 6's breaking news and breaking weather alerts, click here.