Walker County has added another way to alert their residents in the event of weather emergencies or other public safety events.

SirenGPS will only send residents who sign-up for the free service one alert to their smartphone. If the users receive the notification from the app, the system will check them off as being notified.

But 60 seconds later, SirenGPS will send out a second, text message to those who still need to be notified. 60 seconds after that, users still in need of an alert will get a phone call according to Joe Legge, spokesman for Walker County.

“While our primary use of this notification system will be for emergency situations, we also have the capability to geofence or draw a map around a certain area that will only notify folks in that area of things like a water outage, power outage or road closure,” said Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Blake Hodge.

Hodge said “We’re concentrating on trying to limit landline usage because our infrastructure can cause a delay of more than an hour if everyone in the county were to receive a phone call. So this new delivery, with an app push notification, is going to be key to the success of this notification system.”

SirenGPS immediately replaces Walker County’s Hyper-Reach notification system, according to Leggee.

Walker County residents are urged to download the free SirenGPS app, which is available for both Apple and Android devices.

Those who do not have a smartphone and wish to receive a text or phone call should contact Tina in the Walker County Commissioner’s Office at 706-638-1437.