STRUTHERS, Ohio (WKBN) – The City of Struthers announced Monday that it will be introducing “Struthers City Text Alerts.”
The text alert system will use a mobile phone’s regular messaging service as a way to relay information to city residents quickly.
“This new system ‘textmygov’ was purchased by the city for a minimal cost and will be utilized as needed,” said Catherine Cercone Miller, Mayor of Struthers. “It uses smart texting technology to communicate with citizens 24/7.”
Features and benefits of this service include:
- Being able to reach a large group of residents instantly
- Relaying information such as parking bans, road closures, emergencies, city events, etc.
“I believe the total cost was around $2,500 for the year so that’s something annually that we’re going to be paying. We actually used CARES money to purchase that for the first year,” Cercone Miller said.
To sign up to receive city notifications via text message, opt-in by texting STRUTHERS to 91896. The resident will then receive a confirmation message asking to reply YES to verify opt-in.
Cercone Miller said they wanted to provide the text service to the city because many people have cell phones and texting but not everyone watches the news.
“For mass communication, very quickly to get information out there for good thing, for bad things, to warn people of some street closures or parking bans, or even if we have city events that are going on that we want to notify everybody of,” Cercone Miller said.
Message and data rates may apply and you can check with your carrier for more details.
Struthers City Text Alerts will be available starting Monday at no cost to the residents unless their wireless service requires additional charges to opt-in.
“For instance last night we had to put a parking ban on. It would have been very easy to send out text messages to the residents saying ‘we have a parking ban in effect’ and everybody gets that immediately so it’s a lot easier sometimes than messaging the news stations and getting on social media and doing it that way. It’s just more of an immediate response from us,” Cercone Miller said.
For more information on this new service, call City Hall at 330-755-2181 ext. 110.