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Emergency news on your phone?

June 11, 2007

Albany  --  If your power and phone lines went out during a severe storm, how would you find out if you were in imminent danger?

Dougherty County may soon have a reverse 911 system that will call you when you are in harm's way--  even on your cell phone, and not only for natural disasters like the March 1st tornados. 

Here's another example.  If there were a chemical spill at the intersection of Jefferson and Pine Avenue, folks who live within a one mile radius would be called and told of the spill, then even given directions for evacuation. 

For the first year, the system will cost a little more than $6,000, but EMA Deputy Director Jim Vaught says that's a small price to pay to keep people safe.  "Anytime you can protect people and their property that is in harm's way, it would be a great advancement for our community," Vaught said. "It could target specific area, or entire county."

The reverse 911 system can call up to one-thousand people at a time. This system would supplement sirens that are already in place throughout the city.

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