GRDA offering text alert service to public

To receive texts on lake conditions, events and links to webpage updates …
Langley – The Grand River Dam Authority is using another tool from the digital age to enhance its communications efforts.

For several years, GRDA’s lake stakeholder email database has allowed the Authority to blast out messages to recipients interested in lake information, floodwater release bulletins, related events and issues. Now, the Authority is building a database for those who wish to receive the same information via text.

“Not everyone has access to their email all the time,” said GRDA Corporate Communications Director Justin Alberty. “However, most people these days do have their cell phones, and texting availability, even when they’re on the lake. So the texting system is another avenue for GRDA to provide the lake related information they might be interested in receiving.”

The public can become part of the free service by filling out an online form on grda.com. Simply visit the “News” link and click on the “Text Alert” option in the drop down menu to access the form.

“Our goal is to begin using this communications tool right away,” said Alberty, “and we hope the public will find it both convenient and informative.”

Along with the type of content it has shared in the past on its email database, Alberty said GRDA plans to use the new texting service (which does still feature email and voice message options) to also share links to webpage and GRDA Facebook updates, as well as photos and other information.

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Directly or indirectly, GRDA’s low-cost, reliable; electricity serves nearly 500,000 homes in Oklahoma and stretches into 75 of 77 counties in the state. At no cost to Oklahoma taxpayers, GRDA also manages 70,000 surface acres of lakes in the state, including Grand Lake, Lake Hudson and the W.R. Holway Reservoir. Today, GRDA’s 500 employees continue to produce the same “power for progress” that has benefited the state for 75 years.

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