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Kansas City expands text messaging system in conjunction with Missouri Severe Weather Awareness Week

Tornado sirens will be activated on March 7 at 10 a.m.

Just in time for severe weather season, the City of Kansas City has renamed and expanded its text notification system. “AlertKC” will help keep residents in the know with weather warnings and community messages delivered directly to their phones.

In addition to the tornado warning siren system, residents opting into the City’s notification system will receive a text message or email during other severe weather events as well.

The annual Severe Weather Awareness Week for both Missouri and Kansas is March 6-10. The City of Kansas City, Mo., will participate with the National Weather Service, State Emergency Management Agency and other local jurisdictions in the statewide severe weather drill at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 7, by sounding the tornado outdoor warning sirens. The drill will take less than 5 minutes. Residents, schools and businesses are encouraged to conduct their own severe weather drills in accordance with their family, school or business emergency plans..

“Our goal is to make sure all residents are safe and have accurate information during severe weather events like tornadoes, snow events or severe thunderstorms,” said Emergency Manager Gene Shepherd. “We encourage all residents to have emergency plans, make an emergency kit and know where to get reliable information and the AlertKC text notification system is one of those reliable sources.”

AlertKC provides an efficient and secure way to send neighborhood-level information to residents who subscribe to the system in a specific geographic area. To sign up, text your zip code to “888777”, or go to kcmo.gov/alertkc and provide your address, a cell phone number and/or an email address to receive notifications.

Subscribers may then choose which information they wish to receive: alerts, advisories and/or community messages (neighborhood news).

For more than five years, the City has provided text notifications about advisory and community messages including missing persons, water main breaks and community meetings. Residents who have already signed up with the Nixle system will still receive messages, but may want to visit their account at www.kcmo.gov/Alertkc to make updates to their selections as more options are available.

For more information about preparing for disasters, including free training opportunities in the city, call the Office of Emergency Management at (816) 513-8600. Non-residents should contact their local emergency management agency for more information.

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