The Possum Kingdom Chamber of Commerce has initiated and funded an emergency alert system for Possum Kingdom Lake - One Call Now.
"This was a project that the chamber board had on their plate," said Tammy March, board member who spearheaded the project. "It got wings after the 2011 fires. When I became a board member I picked it up."
There are groups that can initiate a call to warn residents in any part of the PK area or all of it of situations for which residents should be alerted. Such things as water outages, evacuation orders, serious fires that pose a threat to specific areas or law enforcement situations.
"It does not include weather related warnings," she said.
Those who are customers of Possum Kingdom Water Supply Corp. are entered into the notification data base. New customers or those whose phone numbers change can contact PKWSC to update their information.
"People in Sportsman's World or The Cliffs need to contact them," Marsh continued, adding that, as of this time, those two locations have not approved inclusion into the database.
"Those who are not at any of those three can contact the chamber with an email or phone number to be included," Marsh added.
The service is free for receiving the calls. Cost of the program has been paid by the PK chamber.
"We'll see how often we spend through it," she said, explaining that the chamber purchased a block of minutes.
She said if a specific area spends all the minutes, the chamber might ask for some reimbursement.
There are almost a dozen different locations that can be notified separately or as a whole - the Airport, Willow Beach area; Gaines Bend; The Harbor; PK's north end; the peninsula; Rock Creek; The Ranch; PK's West Side; The Hills Above PK; Sportsman's World; and The Cliffs.
Those receiving a call will see the number 877-698-3261.
"It's not a telemarketer (number)," she said. "It has a funny tone when it comes in. Those with cell phone, and even some house phones, can go ahead and put that ID in there."
Those registering can have two contacts - either two phone numbers, two emails or one of each.
"It will always call both," Marsh emphasized.
If there is no answer, it will leave a message.
"Once a call-out happens, the administrator gets a report," she continued. "We get a list of bad numbers and we can go back and get good numbers."
There is not a way to get updates through the system.
"Once they receive a call, there's not a number to call back for updates," she said. "Basically, it's an outbound system. They can call the number back and get the last message received."