Josephine Co. close to rolling out its own emergency citizen text alert system

JOSEPHINE CO., Ore. — Days after Jackson County Emergency Management set up a new text alert system, Josephine County is about to install its own citizen emergency text alerts.

Josephine County Emergency Manager, Emily Ring, says she’s been working closely with Jackson County’s Emergency Manager to set up the text alerts.

She says the alerts for the county are currently being tested before getting released to the general public.

The level 1, 2, and 3 alerts will be sent through Nixle, directly to your cell phone.

“It makes the system a little bit more of a news feed for the general public awareness which is not its original intent, but we understand there’s a desire for more information even if you’re not in the impacted zones,” said Ring.

She says the special keyword for Josephine County residents should be released sometime next week.

Governor Kate Brown is also urging Oregonians to prepare for emergencies by signing up to receive alerts through Oregon’s new emergency alert notification system, OR Alert.

The system has been fully implemented in 26 counties and is actively being implemented in another eight.

Text your zipcode to 888-777 to sign up for the OR Alerts.

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Mariah Mills
NBC5 News reporter Mariah Mills is a Medford native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor's Degree in journalism. She also minored in sociology. In school, she covered Oregon athletics for the student-run television station, Duck TV. When she's not reporting, she’s reading, hiking and rooting for her favorite teams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks.
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