Bartholomew Co. implements notification system to alert residents in case of emergencies

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Bartholomew County officials will now be able to call residents to warn them about severe weather and public disasters.

The city of Columbus joined the county to help introduce the emergency notification system. Bartholomew County 911 Director Ed Reuter said the system was first used to warn residents about the blizzard warning issued Dec. 25.

Approximately 18,000 landline numbers have already been registered into the new system via phone book listings. County officials are encouraging people to opt into the system if they have a cell phone or email address.

You don’t have to sign up only for your area. An example of how the alerts can be used would be if parents may wish to enter the address of their children’s school, or where other relatives may reside within the county. That way you may be able to help protect loved ones. Within minutes, it could also alert affected neighbors of a public emergency like a gas leak or jail inmate escape.

Franklin and Morgan counties already have emergency notification systems in place. Hamilton County may join the group soon, as it’s in the process of ordering one of these systems.

Anyone wishing to be notified on their cellular telephone, email or work telephone may sign up by going to any of the following websites: www.bartholomew.in.gov, www.columbus.in.gov, or www.barth.lib.in.us.