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Stearns to Use Automated Community Notification System During Severe Storms

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ST. CLOUD — Stearns County will begin using an automated community notification system to call residents when there is a storm warning in their area.

Emergency Services Director Marvin Klug says the county is spending $10,000 a year for the service. It allows emergency phone calls to people on their land lines and tell them to get to safety.¬† But, Klug understands many households don’t use land lines anymore and rely solely on cell phones.

He says they are currently working on a plan where people can sign-up for a similar notification through their cell phones.

Klug says they are also looking into using social media like Twitter to get the message out when there is a severe thunderstorm or tornado warning.

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