Nichole Hannahs

New 911 System

by Nichole Hannahs on May 28, 2013 at 9:05 am

In the event of an emergency first responders may call you.

Through Muskingum County’s New 911 system authorities can call those with land line phones to let them know of the situation. This includes areas being evacuated, or where to go and what to do in the event of an emergency situation with-in the county.

"We need to make sure that people know what’s going on whether we want them to stay indoors or in their house or if it’s a tornado we want them to know a tornado warning has been issued," said Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency Director Bo Keck. "It just depends on the type of emergency."

The mass notification for Emergency Notification System 911 can only call land lines which is why Keck is pushing for resident to take advantage of the opt-in program. Here citizens can sign up to let them know what kind of alerts they want to receive and how they want to receive them. Options include text messaging, e-mail and cell phone calls.

"If you have the public opt-in you’re going to get notified over and above the other notifications," said Keck. "Again if there is an evacuation or a tornado warning a dispatcher can go in and mark that area or the whole county, select Reverse 911 and send it."

Keck said in an emergency situation it’s crucial residents get the information quickly. They estimate to call over 20,000 residents it will take only five minutes for everyone to be informed.To sign up for the opt-in program visit the EMA’s website.