Callaway County Considers Emergency Dial-Up Service

1 decade 1 year 10 months ago Tuesday, September 12 2006 Sep 12, 2006 Tuesday, September 12, 2006 9:27:23 PM CDT September 12, 2006 in News

Now, the county uses sirens and TV warnings for tornadoes or chemical spills. But, residents who don't live near a siren or don't have cable TV have problems hearing about emergencies because the sirens reach only about one-third of the county. Reverse 911 can reach farther than a warning siren and can contact more specific areas.

"For typically the cost of less than a siren, or approximately one or two sirens, instead of making a notification for just a few people in that siren area, you can actually make a notification to the entire population of the county directly by phone," said John Shearman, emergency management director.

The new system will cost $22,000 to set up and less than $5,000 per year to maintain. The Callaway County Commission will decide by the end of this year whether to buy Reverse 911.

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