Some Middle Tennessee counties use mobile alerts in times of emergencies

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – If you have a smartphone, you’ve probably seen one of the IPAWS emergency alerts that are sent out during weather emergencies or Amber Alerts.

But during the wildfire tragedy in Gatlinburg, everyone didn’t receive the evacuation alert on their phones.

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That’s where local and county-wide alerts can serve as a backup.

The Williamson County Emergency Management Agency has coordinated with Franklin and Brentwood to offer a county-wide alert system called Everbridge.

It sends a text or email during a variety of emergencies, from a missing persons case to a life-threatening disaster.

“I think the more awareness we can have of what’s going on around us, the more prepared and the more ready we are going to be,” said EMA Director Mac Purdy.

Other counties have similar systems in place. Wilson County uses Nixle as a notification system, and Sumner County uses Code Red.