By Karen Cohilas - bio | email
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County Commissioners are trying to decide if an emergency notification system is worth the price. Code Red sends out notifications on bad weather or other emergencies, but there's a snag.
Automatic weather alerts are only sent to people who register for the system, about 5,400 people so far.
That leaves out almost 40,000 other phone numbers in Dougherty County that aren't being called during emergencies.
Officials can manually send out messages to all of those people, but that takes much longer, and the emergency could be over by the time the message gets to them.
"The system works," said Albany Fire Chief James Carswell. "We know it works when it comes in this kind of economy though, are you getting the value you're paying for and with the limited number of people that are utilizing the National Weather Service portion of this, then it becomes a commission decision whether they are getting the benefit out of the money they are having to spend for it."
Click here to join Dougherty County's Code RED Emergency Notification System!
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