Pennington County tests Public Warning Messages system

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Rapid City Pennington County Emergency Management

RAPID CITY, S.D.- Rapid City and Pennington County Emergency Management sent out a test alert Thursday, in an effort to check their Public Warning Messages system in the midst of Severe Weather Preparedness Week.

Through this system, you’ll receive alerts for dangerous and rapidly developing events, like tornadoes and flash floods. One unique feature is that you can chose to receive alerts for up to five locations.

“If you have a property up in the hills or you have elderly parents that you want to keep tabs on, you can put their address in and get the warnings for what may be affecting them, even if you live all the way across town,” explains Alexa White, Deputy Director of Rapid City, Pennington County Emergency Management. “So maybe they live in Wall and you live in Rapid City, you can get warnings that may

be affecting them.”

If you’re not already signed up for Public Warning Messages, it’s fast and easy, and you can get set up here. You’ll be able to create an account, so that you can update phone numbers, addresses, and any other information as needed.

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