Sibley County will be instituting an emergency notification system for it’s residents in the near future. The proposal was recently approved by the Sibley County Board. The fully automated system will primarily be used to notify Sibley County citizens of severe weather warnings, public health issues, street closures, and other types of warnings and emergencies. Messages would go out via text message within 10 minutes of an alert, and may also include pre-recorded messages at scheduled times. The public will be informed of a test of the system when it is up and running and staff have been trained. The $8,400 annual cost of the emergency notification system is being entirely paid for with grant funds.