Personal preferences make MWCD Notification System easy to use

February 4, 2014

It has been a very eventful winter with heavy snow, freezing cold temperatures and interruptions to normal routines.

You can receive key information and alerts to help you and your family plan for impending weather issues from any location you choose, along with details about emergency situations and related alerts from the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District lakes and recreational locations through the free MWCD Notification System. The system is available at this link on the MWCD website: https://member.everbridge.net/index/1772417038942856#/login.

The MWCD Notification System provides participants with time-sensitive messages and alerts through telephone calls, texts and e-mails, or any combination of those. Participants also can select any combination of the MWCD lakes and facilities that they want to receive alerts about, along with weather alerts from any specific location they enter whether it is an MWCD lake location or another location, such as home, school or work.

The MWCD Notification System allows for flexibility and convenience. Weather alerts are sent through an automated feed from the National Weather Service (NWS). Since the NWS can issue alerts at all hours of the day and night, the MWCD Notification System allows users to set "quiet periods" for weather alerts.

Current and new users to the system and who want to implement "quiet periods" simply need to login to "My Alerts," click on the weather settings and mark the periods of time when alerts will not be sent. This will prevent phones from ringing or text message alerts from going off. However, life threatening events such as a tornado warning or severe thunderstorm warning will still alert through the set quiet times.

Alerts can be sent for the following 10 MWCD lake areas:

Atwood Lake

Charles Mill Lake

Clendening Lake

Leesville Lake

Piedmont Lake

Pleasant Hill Lake

Seneca Lake

Tappan Lake

Wills Creek Lake

Kokosing River

The MWCD, a political subdivision of the state, was organized in 1933 to develop and implement a plan to reduce flooding and conserve water for beneficial public uses in the Muskingum River Watershed, the largest wholly contained watershed in Ohio. Since their construction, the 16 reservoirs and dams in the MWCD region have been credited for saving an estimated $10.7 billion worth of potential property damage from flooding, according to the federal government, as well as providing popular recreational opportunities that bolster the region’s economy. A significant portion of the reservoirs are managed by the MWCD and the dams are managed for flood-risk management by the federal U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

For more information about the MWCD, visit www.mwcd.org and follow the MWCD on Facebook and Twitter.

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