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New emergency alert program to be tested this week in Madison County

Thousands of people in Madison County will be receiving a phone call later this week as part of a test for a new emergency alert program.

Officials with the Madison County Emergency Management Agency say the new Madison County Emergency Alert Program will be tested for the first time Wednesday morning.

Officials say all Madison County residents with a land line telephone will receive a phone call Wednesday morning, as part of this test.

Madison County residents with cell phones, who have registered with the program, will also receive a call.

The system will send a test message to recipients. Officials say if a message cannot be confirmed as received, a second attempt will be made.

Officials say when residents receive the test message, they'll be asked to follow instructions to respond. Officials say getting responses from residents will help them evaluate the program's effectiveness.

The program is designed to provide emergency messages via phone calls, texts, and email, only during emergencies of a large scale. Officials say the program is not intended for severe weather alerts.

If you live in Madison County and would like to register your phone for the program, click on the link attached to this story.

You can also call 859-623-2010.

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