City of Bolivar, Mo. works to assure all receive emergency messages

BOLIVAR, Mo. -- The city of Bolivar is working to make sure all of its citizens get the message when there's an emergency. The city partnered with the Polk County Library.

Just over a year ago, the city of Bolivar began using the Rave Emergency Alert System. It notifies you in the case of a weather emergency, or other urgent messages like a missing child or a boil order. It notifies you with a phone call, text, email, Facebook, Twitter, or even an app alert.

The city has already used it send out multiple messages, and it alerted citizens to a tornado warning this spring. But the emergency management office learned many did not get the alert. They aren't signed up because they do not have internet. That's why they have now partnered with the Polk County Library. The library not only has public computers with internet, but staff are ready to help folks get signed up for the Rave alerts on landlines and cell phones.

"We want to make sure everybody has multiple ways to know about warnings, whether it's TV, through KY3, or cell phones or weather radios," said Brent Watkins, Bolivar Emergency Management Director. "There's multiple ways. We need to have redundancy so everybody can get that message when seconds matter."

Residents should stop by the library on West Broadway during its normal hours to get help signing up. Click HERE to sign up for the alerts.