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Crawford County Sheriff's Office enters new agreement to bring better quality emergency alerts to residents

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The Crawford County Sheriff's Office has entered into a new agreement to bring better quality emergency alerts to residents.

A service, officials say, could potentially save lives.

95 residents in Crawford County have already subscribed to the new emergency alert system, available on the sheriff's office website, as of this week.

"I do plan to sign up for the alerts because I think it's a good way to stay safe," said John Womeldorff, Crawford County resident.

The sheriff's office has utilized an alert system in previous years.

However, officials say their new agreement with a Kansas-based company will provide a better quality system for the same cost.

"The nice thing about the new system is subscribers are able to personalize their subscription," said Sheriff Dan Peak. "They can go and select which messages and alerts they want to receive, the times that they want to receive them, how they want to receive them, whether text, email or voice."

Alerts available include severe weather, disease outbreaks, travel advisories, crime or other emergency situations, at no cost to the subscriber.

"The alerts that are sent out either by storm siren, television or radio, they're effective, but we feel like this is just another layer of that to hopefully keep people safe," Peak said.

Officials say the service also includes an internal messaging system, which the sheriff's office plans to share with local EMS.

"As much work as we do with EMS, it's important that we be able to communicate with them as well," Peak said.

Some say the alerts may not benefit them as much as others.

"I am definitely not one of those who is glued to my phone all the time," said Cecily Perry, Crawford County resident.

Others say a text message could save their life.

"At my house, you can't hear the sirens inside," Womeldorff said.  "A text message, most people have their phone on them, most of the time, so that would be an excellent way to keep in touch."

If you are interested in signing up to receive emergency alerts for Crawford County via text, voice, or email, visit http://crsoks.org/ and click on the 'alerts' tab.
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