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Ada launches automated emergency alert system

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Ada residents can receive alerts for a wide variety of emergency situations. (KTEN) Ada residents can receive alerts for a wide variety of emergency situations. (KTEN)

ADA, Okla. -- Just in time for storm season, the City of Ada wants to get everyone on the same page in case of an emergency.

"We know that we're always trying to get out information to people in the fastest way possible... especially if there's a dangerous situation," explained city spokeswoman Lisa Bratcher.

So the city wants to let residents know about a personalized emergency alert system called Regroup.

"Say we have a hazardous material released and we need to go in and select an area to notify everybody where a shelter's in place, or give them any emergency instructions... we can do that," Public Safety Director Jeff Crosby said.

 It was Crosby's idea to involve the city with Regroup because it gives residents options on what kinds of alerts they want to get.

"There's a list where you can choose whatever you want... whatever situation it might be that you might want to get an alert on," he said. "You'd be amazed at how many things there are that are on there that they can alert you to."

The program is aimed at residents and businesses alike.

"During work hours, they're going to get a notification there maybe at their main phone number, you know, if there's an emergency in the area," Crosby said.

For Ada residents who are unable to receive text messages, the Regroup system can also send automated voice messages to landline phones.

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