The Randolph County Office of Emergency Management is launching a communications tool to keep residents informed.
The OEM has teamed up with the Nixle Community Information Service to send residents warnings or other important information via text or email.
OEM Director Jim Wise said participants will get their information in "real time."
"It's not that they don't have to go find a computer or log on to the Internet, they'll get it in more real time for one. It can be anything from pending severe weather, boil water advisories to flood warnings or a major traffic incident," said Wise.
Wise said Randolph County will start using Nixle on Monday, January 14.
The program is free.
You can sign up on the Randolph County OEM's Facebook Page.