Houston County receives new emergency notification system

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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - Emergency communication will soon be a little easier in Houston County.

The Houston County emergency management agency recently announced they'll be employing a mass notification system to warn residents of emergencies.

When you are in trouble there's a good chance you are going to call 911 for help.

What if emergency workers on the other end of the phone could call you, giving you important information?

Soon that will be a reality in Houston County.

"We can notify the public anytime there is a large emergency," says Clark Matthews, EMA Director for Houston County.

Through a partnership with Southern Nuclear Company the county will begin using CodeRED.

It's a reverse 911 notification system capable of delivering millions of calls daily to residents, warning residents about everything from natural disasters to chemical spills.

"It will actually call your house on a hard line, it will call you on a hard line, we can even draw a paragon and notify a certain area," explains Matthews.

The notifications are so specific that even if you're from out of town, out of state, if you're in the designated area you're still going to receive that alert.

"It's coming about now, it's just a mechanism we thought we'd never get," adds Matthews.

EMA officials expect the service to be in place by October 1st.

Henry County will also be receiving the CodeRED service.

CodeRED has around five thousand clients throughout the country.

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