By David Knox
The 911 upgrade isn’t the only new way officials have of reaching citizens. Moore County has changed its weather warning system.
Hyper-Reach allows automatic warnings to go out. This software came on line recently and citizens are urged to sign up for the free service.
“Hyper-Reach is a software that the county pays for that allows automatic alerts to be sent to people for storm warnings,” said Moore County EMA Director Jason Deal. “The warnings are also based on location of callers’ residences. So if a tornado warning is issued by the National Weather Service, it automatically alerts the subscriber that falls in that warning without local EMA having to push a button or set off a siren.
“This software also allows us locally to send out alerts for missing folks, boiling water notices, out of water due to water main break or any other emergent notifications that need to be passed out en masse.”
Hyper-Reach does not automatically send alerts for watches; for tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings only.
To subscribe, go to https://signup.hyperreach.com/hyper_reach/sign_up_page_2/?id=85862.
Moore County Schools “Remind”-er
Although not new, Moore County Schools has a system in place to get messages out quickly.
“We have used it for two or three years, now,” said Chad Moorehead, director of schools. “It is a free service called Remind (https://www.remind.com/).
“Many of our teachers and athletic teams use this as a communication system for their classes and teams. Occasionally, I use social media to tell the community how to sign up. To do so, you simply text “@mooreco” to the number 81010.
“We have over 1,300 subscribers to this system. I use it to announce school closings and it is the first place that I post this information. If you want to be the ‘first to know,’ you need to subscribe. I also use it to post employment opportunities, and other items of interest. The best part about this system is that it is free for us to use.”