Texas City employs call messaging service for community information
| 05.03.2007 | 05:38:45 | Views: 3074 | ID:
May 3 '07: In Texas City, Texas, town officials told KHOU that a new phone, email and text message emergency alert and warning warning system has been installed and is now ready to go live. The system will work much like a reverse-911 call system and will contact all residents of the town in case of an emergency.
Officials told KHOU that the old system which was based on a combination of sirens, cable television and local radio was not instructive or far-reaching enough. Many residents who did not have cable television would not get the information they needed and would call 911 instead, thus flooding the emergency lines when responders and emergency managers needed those lines clear.The new messaging system will be added to the existing system and residents of Texas City will be able to register their email addresses and cell phone numbers if they wish to get a message. All land line phones in the area are already connected to the new alert system. "Residents can be updated on major road closures due to accidents or construction projects or even community reminders or public announcements for activities such as the city's annual Fun Fest or weather related cancellations can be updated via the system," KHOU reported.
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