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New emergency notification system aims to save lives in Jackson Co

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

By Patrice Clark – bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The next time there are floods, an explosion, or other life threatening emergencies in Jackson County, the First Call Emergency System will call and warn residents.

"From the time we put all the information into the computer, hit the send button, everybody should have that notification in less than five minutes," County Emergency Director Donald Langham said. 

The county was using an old, slow telephone dialing system. The new computer system is faster and technologically savvy. 

"It is designed and set up with a mapping system. We can zoom down into a certain section of the county, and draw a square anywhere we want to in the county, and only notify those people within that a targeted area." 

Every phone number that's in the telephone book has already been programmed into the new system. Now, the county needs to hear from people with private numbers, cell phone numbers, and email addresses. You can register your number through the county's website at http://www.co.jackson.ms.us/departments/public-safety/emsignup.php.

"The first call system is web based, and it can be accessed over a Blackberry Phone." 

County Supervisor Mike Mangum said it's is a free, voluntary service, and promised the information will be kept private.

"We will not be selling this to a third party," Mangum said.

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