Expand Warning Systems

Four local emergency management agencies are expanding their warning systems.

Houston, Dale, Henry and Coffee County EMA's are joining forces with the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind and Gray Llink messaging to send the hearing -Mpared severe weather warnings via pagers.

The agencies met Tuesday in Ozark to plan how to execute the paging program.

The Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind will give certificates to everyone eligible. Those certified for the service can buy the pagers through Gray Link at a reduced cost.

Under the program they will receive warnings about severe weather approaching their area.

“So, the program that we are instituting today is going to provide them an opportunity to be able to receive the watches and warnings just like everybody,” said J.O. Pete McGough of Emergency Management Program.

The agencies are hoping surrounding county EMA's will join the paging service. The program is expected to start running within a couple of months.