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Section A: General News


Wilson County institutes mass notification system




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The Wilson County Office of Emergency Management invites local residents to participate in a mass emergency-notification system.

Emergency Management Coordinator LeAnn Hosek said the system is different from a reverse-911 system in that participation is voluntary.

“With this system, people have to sign up with us,” Hosek said. “Our goal is to have all businesses, agencies, and organizations of every type in Wilson County to be registered in the system. With a reverse-911 type system, notifications go out to everyone regardless of their desire of the communication. Here, since they have to sign up with us first, it allows for an option whether they want to be included in the service or not.”

The notification system is designed to disperse pertinent information to different businesses and groups of citizens.

Communication through the system will be sent out via text and email, which is a change from the email-only correspondence used prior by the office.

“This system is more efficient because it can allow information to go to specific groups at up to 27,000 messages per minute,” Hosek said.

There are 46 different groups available for businesses and organizations to register to receive information about, including Agricultural Operations, Oil and Gas Operations, and Restaurants and Food Service.

“The goal is getting the right information out to the right people,” Hosek said. “Sure, the system will be able to do weather alerts and emergency notification, but it has the potential to be so much more than that since the Emergency Management Office can communicate many different types of correspondence.”

Two different websites exist for registering private citizens and businesses. For individuals, visit http://registry.i-info.com/rc/arc. Businesses can register at http://bit.ly/We272W.

For more information, contact LeAnn Hosek at 830-393-8351.
 

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