Russell County Residents to Gain Benefits of New System

Residents of Russell County will soon have a new warning system in case of an emergency or disaster.

A $30,000 grant will help pay for a reverse 9-1-1 system which will allown officials to alert large portions of the community to a situation by phone.

For example, if a child disappears or if there's a major road closure residents could get a call in a matter of minutes.

Kathrine Russell, the Interim EMA director for Russell County, says her office would have the ability to draw a circle on a map and to contact every phone line within that circle with a pre-recorded message at a rapid pass.

The system will not be able to alert people by cell phone, however, but cell phone users can have their information added to the system.