New System Alerts Lewisville Residents of Severe Weather

Lewisville unveils new emergency notification system

By Sara Story
|  Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012  |  Updated 12:00 PM CDT
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The new system allows city personnel to automatically call residents in affected areas.

Sara Story, Denton Reporter

The new system allows city personnel to automatically call residents in affected areas.

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A North Texas city is using a new tool to alert residents of severe weather.

The City of Lewisville is trying out a new emergency notification system that will keep residents informed of dangerous situations. 

"I think it's important for the city to let us know when things are going on that we need to know about or situations that may be hazardous or detrimental so we can prepare for those," Lewisville resident Michelle Thurman said.

The Emergency Management Coordinator for the city of Lewisville, Summer Wilhelm, said DeltAlert is replacing their existing emergency notification system. For the first time, they can notify residents of severe weather.

"With this new system, we are able to automatically use the National Weather Service notifications for severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings to automatically call the residents in that area," Wilhelm said. 

The new notification systems uses technology like email, text messages and social media to alert residents of severe weather or any other emergency situation.

"It includes anything that may impact the health and safety of our residents and businesses," Wilhelm said. "Such as crime alert in a particular neighborhood."

Lewisville residents must sign up for the new emergency notification system. They can do that on the city's website or contact the city's emergency management office at 972-219-5012.

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