INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Authorities in the north Texas community hit by a deadly tornado Wednesday night said it wasn't just tornado sirens that helped prevent more people from getting hurt.
They said an emergency alert system played a big role, too. And some central Indiana communities are using the same kind of technology to keep people safe.
At least 14 Indiana counties now use a mass notification system that calls, texts or e-mails you when there's some sort of public emergency – like a tornado warning.
"We can contact everybody in our county within 30 seconds of the time the warning comes out, if they sign up for it," said Lt. Kayla Lanthrop, a spokeswoman for the Rush County Sheriff's Department.
A spokesperson for the Monroe County Emergency Management Agency said it has just begun using a similar system that should be up and running this summer.
Lanthrop said it's especially helpful in communities where not everyone may hear the tornado sirens.
Land lines are usually enrolled automatically. You can sign up online to be called or texted on your cell phone.
"It could happen at any time and you may not be next to the TV or next to a radio," said Lanthrop.
The systems are also used to alert neighborhoods about other emergencies like a gas leak or jail break.
A winter weather advisory was issued for Wayne, Union, Switzerland, Ripley, Ohio, Franklin, Fayette and Dearborn counties on Saturday night.
IMPD officials say a 3-year-old boy has died after he was shot in the head Saturday evening.
Lawrence Police are investigating an overnight shooting in the 8800 block of Pendleton Pike. Police say the shooting happened around 3 a.m. Sunday morning.