Harrisonburg to Install Alert System in July

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

HARRISONBURG --A tornado warning system is being credited for saving lives in the Oklahoma tornadoes, but the City of Harrisonburg doesn't have one.

According to Harrisonburg Fire Chief Larry Shifflett, Harrisonburg and Rockingham County has a reverse 911 call system that comes from the Emergency Communication Center to your landline phone. For those who don't have a landline, a system for text alerts and notifications on your cell phone will be in place starting July 1st.

"We hired an outside consulting firm about two years ago to do a study, and to do a study on sirens and electric notifications. And their recommendation was not to use the sirens," said Shifflett.

He said that a tornado siren does not give any specific information about the situation. To sign up for the system, you can call the fire chief's office. The number is 540-432-7703.

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