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Citizen Alert System sought

PULASKI — In the event of a disaster or emergency, Pulaski County has to rely on radio stations, loud speakers or door to door visits to warn citizens of potential dangers.
However, there may soon be a quicker way to get the word out.
The county has applied for a grant that, if awarded, will allow it to install a new Citizens Alerting System. The system will issue alerts or warnings through landline, cellular or VoIP phones, text messaging, fax, PDA devices, alpha-numeric pagers and TDD/TTY.
The system would alert residents of the county and towns of Pulaski and Dublin.
“The addition of a Citizens Alerting System would greatly enhance our ability to issue appropriate alerts/warnings within a reasonable time frame, thereby helping to protect the lives and well-being of the citizens,” PC officials state in the grant application.
The $45,700 grant will be used to cover the cost of the equipment, setup, a minimum of 40,000 prepaid minutes, mapping of the system, database loading, training, test of the system and recurring annual costs for two years.
At the end of the two-year grant period, the county agrees to pay the cost of sustaining the system.
A timeline for the project calls for the system to be in operation 185 days after awarding of the grant.
Pulaski County Board of Supervisors will be asked to ratify the grant application at its Monday night meeting.

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Citizen Alert System sought

PULASKI — In the event of a disaster or emergency, Pulaski County has to rely on radio stations, loud speakers or door to door visits to warn citizens of potential dangers.
However, there may soon be a quicker way to get the word out.
The county has applied for a grant that, if awarded, will allow it to install a new Citizens Alerting System. The system will issue alerts or warnings through landline, cellular or VoIP phones, text messaging, fax, PDA devices, alpha-numeric pagers and TDD/TTY.
The system would alert residents of the county and towns of Pulaski and Dublin.
“The addition of a Citizens Alerting System would greatly enhance our ability to issue appropriate alerts/warnings within a reasonable time frame, thereby helping to protect the lives and well-being of the citizens,” PC officials state in the grant application.
The $45,700 grant will be used to cover the cost of the equipment, setup, a minimum of 40,000 prepaid minutes, mapping of the system, database loading, training, test of the system and recurring annual costs for two years.
At the end of the two-year grant period, the county agrees to pay the cost of sustaining the system.
A timeline for the project calls for the system to be in operation 185 days after awarding of the grant.
Pulaski County Board of Supervisors will be asked to ratify the grant application at its Monday night meeting.

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