The text alert system in Richmond has been in place for just over a year now.  Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to City Administrator Ron Brohammer:

Ron Brohammer

Brohammer says the system serves a variety of purposes. “We really have three different aspects of it,”said Brohammer,” The police department has a portion of it.  The recreation department has a portion so they can send out messages to sports teams and coaches.  This makes for a really quick way to notify folks if there’s a game cancellation or something of that nature.  Then there’s the general textcast and we use it to notify people of perhaps street closings, water leaks, boil orders, and those sorts of things.”

Emergency Management Director Jessica Kirchhoff says the city of Higginsville has a similar capability.  “We have a program where citizens can sign up for text messaging about any kind of emergency related issues,” said Kirchhoff,” They can also sign up for community information and there’s National Weather Service warnings if they’d like that type of information, too.”

More than 750 people in Richmond have already signed up for the alerts.  Those interested are encouraged to visit http://cityofrichmondmo.org/.

For those living in Higginsville, the registration form can be found at http://www.higginsville.org/.