DELCO Alerts working as intended, officials contend


The Delaware County Emergency Management Agency reported Monday that the new DELCO Alerts system functioned as intended during Sunday night’s storm.

Sandy Mackey, the administrative manager at the EMA said Monday afternoon that no tornado touched down in Delaware County Sunday night but the tornado sirens did sound county-wide.

Mackey said the EMA has received a number of comments asking why Delaware County residents did not receive notifications via the DELCO Alerts system.

“DELCO Alerts is a storm-based warning system,” Mackey said. Mackey said DELCO Alerts tracks storms and will only notify anyone who lives in the immediate area the storm is affecting. “If you are not in the direct path you will not get alerted. Not everyone will get alerted for everything.”

Mackey said a small sliver of southern Delaware County was affected by the storm, but added there was no damage from the storm.

“[Delco Alerts] does work and it worked well,” Mackey said.

Mackey recommended that Delaware County residents go to the EMA’s website and sign up for the alert system, especially with storm season approaching. Residents can sign up for alerts at

By Glenn Battishill

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Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

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