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EMA going to local areas with severe weather concerns
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Tuesday, April 08, 2014 7:04 PM

By JIM LANGHAM • Progress Feature Writer

PAULDING – Paulding County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) will be visiting various communities in the county to answer questions about spring severe weather, provide instructional material and advise community residents about radio and cell phone information about weather warnings.

“We’re going to come out to communities on Saturdays and answer severe weather questions,” said EMA director Randy Shaffer. “We’re going to tell people where they can get information about severe weather.”

They also will be assisting people with programming NOAA weather radios. “We have a lot of people who say, ‘The kids got me a weather radio and we don’t know how to operate it,’” said Shaffer.

The schedule of appearances include:

April 12 – Riverside Market in Antwerp

April 19 – Super Value in Payne

April 26 – Chief Supermarket in Paulding

May 3 – Rhees’ Market in Oakwood.

“We will answer questions about severe weather and take suggestions as to how we can better serve the community,” said Shaffer.

In addition, on April 16, there will be a countywide tornado drill at 1 p.m.

“I highly suggest that people take time to review their own severe weather plans with their families and coworkers and make sure that they have their disaster kits ready,” said Shaffer. “They need to know where they are going to go in case of severe weather.”

Shaffer said that those having cell phones are likely programmed to receive Nixle alerting service.

“We use it; the sheriff’s department uses it, it allows us to send out a message that the public needs to know,” Shaffer said. “It doesn’t cost users; it doesn’t cost people that receive messages anything unless the phone company changes service. There’s no junk advertising; it goes by the ZIP code. In addition to weather, users can also be alerted to road closing, accidents and other emergencies.”

Go to www.nixle.com to register your device(s). Or, simply text the word YES to 888777 and respond to the reply message asking for your ZIP code.

Shaffer said that more than 1,100 users in Paulding County are signed up to use it through texting and 350 recipients use emails.