New ways to keep us safe appreciated

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 5, 2009

Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a little angel who called and warned you before bad things happened?

Imagine how handy that could be.

Your telephone would ring right before you grab for that pot handle on the stovetop.

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“Don’t forget, that handle is hot.”

Ring, ring.

“Please put your seat belt on, as you’re about to be hit by a drunk driver coming up behind you.”

The peace of mind that would provide would be incredible. And while such little angels are difficult to come by, Adams County may have just gotten the next best thing.

For years and years, Adams County has fought to figure out the best way to provide a bad weather warning system.

We have some warning sirens, but they can go bad or be too far from residents to be heard.

But thanks to Civil Defense Director Stan Owens and the nod of approval from the county supervisors, a better answer may soon be a phone call away.

This week, supervisors approved the purchase of a telephone-based early warning system that will call residents when dangerous weather is nearby or when residents need to be warned of other threats like hazardous chemical spills.

We won’t know the full impact of the new system until it’s in place and working, but it’s good to know that Owens is looking for new, innovative ways to keep our residents informed and safe.