Missouri county considers phone emergency alert system

Missouri county considers phone emergency alert system

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Posted on March 5, 2012 at 2:56 PM

HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) -- An eastern Missouri community wants to use more than outdoor sirens to alert people to the threat of tornadoes.

Marion County in eastern Missouri is collecting bids for a system that would use residents' telephones to advise them of emergency situations.

Officials estimate the system will cost between $13,000 and $14,000.

The Hannibal Courier-Post (http://bit.ly/zqSOVW) reported that the alert system would have the capability of calling every land-line telephone number contained in Marion County 911's database. People who rely solely on a cell phone will have the option of signing up for emergency notifications.

The expense of the system will be split between the cities of Hannibal and Palmyra and Marion counties.
 

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