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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Text-message system set up for Greensburg residents

BY AMANDA O'TOOLE
The Wichita Eagle

LSI Corporation employees have set up a text-messaging alert system so Greensburg residents can stay informed about what's going on in town.

So far, about 100 people have signed up for the service. The subscription to the messaging system is free, though regular charges and fees from cell phone providers will still apply.

Wichita residents Paula Stout and Patty Crowell, who work at LSI, and Greensburg resident Kim Gamble started the program Tuesday evening after they saw a need for better communication.

"As you can imagine, there is almost no communication method for getting urgent information to those who need it as they are working to dig out from the tornado damage," Stout wrote in an e-mail.

On Thursday, Stout sent out messages letting people know that the high school track coach needed team members' shoe sizes, giving instructions on how to get volunteers to help clean up debris, and reassuring residents that no one will remove debris from their property without consent.

"They will be receiving messages about town hall meetings, sport events, graduation, weather warnings and any other pertinent information," she said.

To subscribe, text "RANGER" to 25827. To unsubscribe, text "STOP" to the same number.

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