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Mahoning County launches new alert system

YOUNGSTOWN – Mahoning County residents have a new tool for emergency notifications.

The county launched its new emergency alert system called ‘Ready Mahoning,’ according to news partner WKBN-TV.

Residents can sign up to get text alerts from the county or weather alerts from the National Weather Service.

Ready Mahoning also offers calls, emails and social media alerts.

Mahoning County EMA Director Dennis O’Hara said this is just another tool in the toolbox as the chance for severe weather increases this time of year.

“Mahoning County has 52 outdoor tornado sirens, but they are only designed for outdoor warning. This allows residents to receive text alerts regardless of where they are,” O’Hara said.

Residents can sign up on the Mahoning County website.

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