You never know when the weather will turn ugly. That's why the city of Oregon changed it's emergency alert system.
"We were one of the first cities around to have this call system," Oregon Mayor Mike Seferian said.
The city had a similar system in place for many years but just recently partnered with the Lucas County Emergency Management Agency. Mayor Seferian says Oregon Alerts is simpler and easier, plus it costs significantly less.
So no matter where you are in Lucas County, as long as you sign up, you can be notified.
"I think it will save lives," Maggie Dandar, a resident said.
Less than two weeks ago, Dandar found herself in the middle of a tornado warning. She says she always takes warnings seriously but others don't. Her hope is that if people get the alert from the EMA, they'll take cover.
"A lot of people take life for granted," Dandar said. "I think the more aware you are the safer you'll be."
"What if there was a tornado, you don't have cable, all you have is a cell phone, like me," Joey Smith, who lives in Oregon, said.
Oregon Alerts will also help spread community news. From road closures to changes in the trash schedule.
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