Broome County Shopping For Emergency Notification System

By Gabe Osterhout

July 22, 2010 Updated Mar 6, 2007 at 1:22 AM EDT

Broome County is now shopping around for an emergency notification system.

It would be installed at Broome County emergency services.

And automatically call your home phone in the case of an emergency.

Reverse 911 presented it's proposal to county leaders.

It's one of many companies being considered.

"With our past experiences at light with the floods and so on, we're showing the need for a faster system or faster means of notifying all the residences involved in an evacuation order," says Brett Chellis of Broome County Emergency Services.

Some believe, had a system like this been in place last year, emergency crews would not have had to rescue as many people during the June flood.

With quicker notification, they could have got out in time.

"There were hundreds of homes in low water areas, low elevation areas that were impacted and a lot of people didn't get informed," says Legislative Chairman Mark Whalen.

The new system would notify people of any emergency happening in their area, by calling your home phone.

People without a land line, who rely on cell phones, will have to be added to the County's calling list.

"If a person will give their cell phone information to the emergency system, that will call it. It can't call it because we don't have a phonebook per say for all cell phones," says Broome County Legislator Rick Matarese.

The county applied for a 70 thousand dollar Homeland Security grant, to help pay for the project.

Legislators plan to continue shopping around, and hope to choose a system soon.

The emergency notification system would call both listed and unlisted numbers during a time of emergency.

The system would not leave a message on an answering machine.

Instead, it would continue to call back, until it reached an actual person.

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