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Shelby County looks to add emergency notification system


Residents in one Tri-State county could have their own emergency mass notification system here in the next couple months, and officials say the cost won't be coming out of your pocket. 

This system will allow Shelby county residents to get updates on any device, whether it be your cell phone, computer, or even a landline.   9-1-1 director Mary Lu McConnell says this will also benefit 9-1-1 operators because they won't be flooded with calls if an emergency does hit the area.  The price for the system would be $7,500 the first year, then $7,000 for every year after... but McConnell believes it's worth every penny. 

"I think the risk factor is there for us to have emergencies, maybe more so than some of our other communities, so we just want to give people an early notice," she said.

Not only will it warn residents about severe weather and major emergencies, but it will also warn citizens about road closures throughout the area.  McConnell believes this system can be put in place by the fall.  



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