BUFFALO, NY (Newsource) — A western New York county is making a change in the wake of last month’s brutal winter storm.
More than 40-people died in the Christmas snowstorm that struck Erie County.
Tuesday, officials announced they now plan to create an emergency alert system to warn residents of incoming severe weather.
The alerts will be similar to amber alerts, hitting phones, televisions, radios and other devices.
The county will also work on creating a rating system for blizzards. They say their system will be similar to the ones used for hurricanes.
The rating will be based on national weather service information, and will use it to help warn the public about the blizzard’s severity.