One County, One Call: New Metro department launched during COVID-19 pandemic

LOCAL NEWS — We’re all in this together. It’s in that spirit that Metro Moore County launched a new department aimed at helping our citizens through the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this week, the Metro Mayor’s office, Metro Emergency Management, and Metro Sheriff’s Department announced a new public number to address any unmet needs in our community.

It’s for all Moore County citizens but especially for the elderly and health compromised among us. It’s for things like shopping for a specific grocery item, rides to essential appointments like doctor’s visits, or a wellness check on a friend or neighbor. They can also help with special medical equipment or other needs.

The new number is 931-307-6508. It’s currently manned seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There’s also an answering machine for after 4 p.m. calls. Mayor Lewis reminded citizens that all emergency calls should still be routed to 9-1-1. The Metro Sheriff’s Department also has a non-emergency line 931-759-7323 to report crime.

If you are willing to volunteer or donate services, click here to fill out a simple online form. If you have questions, call Mayor Bonnie Lewis’s office at 931-759-7076.•

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Get Lynchburg-specific weather alerts through Moore EMA program

LOCAL NEWS — Monday night, a strong storm cell barreled through southern, middle Tennessee bringing heavy rains and strong winds. For over an hour, parts of southern Moore County braced for the worst. Luckily, our area missed the tornadoes that touched down from the same system in Louisiana and Mississippi

Be prepared the next time strong storm (or any weather emergency) is headed our way by signing up for weather notifications, brought to you by the Metro Moore County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) through the program Hyper-Reach.

It only takes a second. The simple sign up form is tailored to Lynchburg and Moore County. You enter your address, name, any special evacuation needs, and the best way to reach you (voice call, text, or email) … that’s it. You’re done. When you receive alerts from via telephone, the Caller ID will show  any of (931) 307-7016, (585) 419-0890 , and if you signed up for text alerts, you will receive text alerts from any of the following numbers: (833) 472-5378, (618) 589-2255, (618) 589-1337, (618) 589-1351 or (585) 209-5563. So if you are the kind of person who doesn’t answer unknown calls, you might want to add these numbers to your contacts.

To sign up for Moore County Weather Alerts through Metro EMA, click here. You can also download the Hyper-Reach Anywhere app on both Apple’s App Store and Google Play. •

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}