The Mahoning County Emergency Management Agency wants to announce the successful implementation of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) system.
The system allows public safety agencies to transmit emergency information via radio, television, electronic billboards and cellular phones on a variety of topics, including weather warnings, earthquakes, 911 outages, notifications of potential civil dangers or emergencies, or the need to evacuate or shelter in place. Alerts can be sent with a "geo-fence," limiting the messages to a specific geographic area.
"This will allow us to quickly transmit accurate and authenticated emergency information to Mahoning County residents, keeping them updated and safe," says Mahoning County EMA Director Andrew Frost Ill.
Severe weather alerts, the projected primary use of the system, originate at the National Weather Service and are activated for life safety weather warnings such as tornados and floods.
Other IPAWS alerts will originate from the Mahoning County EMA, with real time review by Ohio EMA and FEMA.
The new system will be tested in connection with the statewide tornado drill, scheduled for
9:50 a.m. March 22.