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Perrysburg scurry to sign up for emergency alerts after water crisis

Perrysburg residents who signed up for emergency alerts received texts, calls, and emails between 4 and 5 a.m. on Aug. 2 which let them know about the ‘‍do not drink’ ban.

Since then, Theresa Dhondt, city police secretary, said a large number of people have signed up for the alerts to be informed immediately next time an emergency happens.

The alert system, called CodeRed notification, lets subscribers know about critical community alerts and weather warning services. When signing up, residents can decide whether to receive texts, calls, or just emails.

Alerts include general information, emergency notification, or severe weather alerts. General information includes trash being delayed a day because of the snow storms, such as those earlier this year. Also provided are alerts for emergencies such as missing child reports and water notices. Severe weather alerts are decided by the National Weather Service.

There are 1,200 Perrysburg residents signed up for the alerts. Residents can sign up for the alert system in a few minutes here

Ms. Dhondt said the alert system is used sparingly for local notices. She said the water alert might have been the first sent on a local matter in the year she has worked for the department. 

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.

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