Madison County’s 9-1-1 office is busy preparing for a new county alert system that will provide timely notifications to local citizens in the event of an emergency.
The 9-1-1 staff met recently with Jeff Schweitzer, director of client relations for First Call, the company hired by the county Nov. 7 to implement the web-based citizen notification system.
The total cost to the county will be $11,700. The system costs $23,400, but the county received a 50-percent grant from the state government.
“Right now, we are just in the training and testing phase,” said 9-1-1 director David Camp. “A lot of people are asking, ‘When will this be operational?’ And what I’m telling them is ‘Sometime during the month of December.’”
Jeff Schweitzer (L), director of client relations for First Call, trained Madison County 9-1-1 dispatchers recently on an upcoming emergency alert system for county residents. Also pictured (L-R) are dispatcher Brian Meadows, assistant 9-1-1 director Ricky Hix and 9-1-1 director David Camp. Zach Mitcham/staff
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