BUCKHANNON — The Upshur County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is going to activate a new emergency notification
“WENS provides more options,” Shreves said. “The system is connected with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration so it generates its own messages for inclement weather, making the system faster.”
Inspiron Logistic’s website said the service uses coordinates to make sure it only sends the automatic messages to areas that will be affected by the inclement weather and administrators can alter the notifications to not go off later at night, but this option can be removed in an emergency like a tornado warning.
Shreves said the system covers more than just weather.
“This is going to be used for any emergency like school closings, if there’s an accident and a roadway is going to closed, construction, boil water advisories and anything else that needs to be known
“WENS allows administrators to both send large amounts of notifications via SMS and receive responses. This feature has been solely depended on in the past during major catastrophes as the only means of communication left standing.” According to the website.
Shreves said people should sign up for the new system before it goes into effect Dec. 1 and the service is free.
“People need to sign up so they can be informed on what’s going on in the county for any kind of disasters,” he said.
To sign up for the new Upshur County Emergency Alert System you can go to http://entry.inspironlogistics.com/upshur_wv/wens.cfm or text UpshurCoWVAlerts to 69310.