Text messaging works well as an alert system during emergencies:
Oxfordshire County Council is to send flood warnings to residents via text message.
The project forms part of the council's Emergency Planning procedures and is scheduled to go live this month.
Local authorities have been told by the Environment Agency to make better preparations for natural disasters following the damage done by last year's floods across the UK.
How's this for a techno-savvy local government:
"We reviewed the use of our existing system and decided to improve resilience by introducing the text platform," said John Kelly, county emergency planning officer at Oxfordshire County Council.
"We believe it is vital that we can give warning to the public and alert our staff though text messaging."
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