Cumberland County is a small rural county. There is no hospital, no local TV stations, no local radio stations, and the three local newspapers only come out once a week. Internet service is not always reliable. The Villages and City have alert sirens but the majority of residents live on farms. The Citizen Corps Council has reviewed the success of Emergency Alert Systems in other communities and believes the residents in our community should have this added safety feature. Winter storms, tornadoes, power outages, and boil orders are common occurrences in our county. The use of the Emergency Alert System will result in timely messages sent to advise residents on the current situation and what should be done immediately or over the course of the next few hours. The residents will benefit from the community Emergency Preparedness outreach and education. MRC Unit #2526 will hold community trainings and be available to help residents make preparedness kits, emergency plans, and how to understand the alerts they may receive. After the first two years of the program, we hope to see positive feedback from the community and community partners that will allow us to continue the program and even update to the future technology.