Alert: Mass notification system on its way

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Madison County - A new countywide mass notification system could be available to the public as soon as next month, according to Madison County Emergency Management Association officials.

The system will be able to notify residents of a variety of dangerous situations — such as harsh weather and active shooter incidents — in a variety of  ways, including via cell phone.

“I hope it will be available next month,” EMA Executive Director Tom Ecker said. “Right now we’re going through our final training with the staff.”

Ecker said the notification system is one with which several area emergency responder groups in the county, such as HAZMAT, are familiar.

“We’ve had the same notification system for emergency responders for about six years,” Ecker said. “And they love it. It’s an easy way to get a hold of people and let them know what’s going on. Now we’re just trying to expand it to the public domain.”

The multimedia system can notify residents in many ways, including via cell phone, Facebook, Twitter, email and text messages.

“Residents can pick the way they want to be notified,” Ecker said. “They can choose everything from your office phone to Twitter; it really covers about everything.”


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