It can happen without warning… a natural disaster like Oklahoma or a manmade one like the Boston bombings.
And if anything like those emergencies were to happen in Springfield, the city wants you to have instant information.
A $10,000 state grant is paying for a system that will allow residents to sign up for alerts that can be delivered by text message, voice message or e-mail.
The system is voluntary and free to participants.
You can sign up through the city’s website, springfield.il.us.