It has come to our attention that many people did not receive the severe thunderstorm warnings from the HyperReach system until late into the warning or even after the warning had expired for the storms that occurred on March 14-15. We have been working today to gather information on the notifications that went out as compared to the time of the issued warning. That information has been compiled and sent to HyperReach and it has been requested for them to investigate the reason for this delay in services.
While we continue to work toward a resolution and solution to this with HyperReach we do want to remind all citizens your best means of receiving alerts is by purchasing a NOAA weather radio with specific area message encoding (SAME). These radios can be programmed to receive the counties of your choice to help you get even more advanced warning as the storm approaches. This is the fastest and most reliable way to receive weather related warnings. Also, we urge citizens who will be utilizing a cell phone to receive weather related warnings and information to sign up through multiple apps to receive alerts so as to have built in redundancy in case one fails.
Courtney Taylor, Director
Gordon County Emergency Management