Garfield County improves reverse 911 capabilities
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The dispatch center in Garfield County announced that a new emergency notification system is up and ready for use.
But first people must sign up for it at http://www.garco911.org.
Until now, only people with traditional land lines in Garfield County have gotten reverse 911 calls. Now people can receive emergency notifications over cell phones, by e-mail, text message and other technologies.
The notifications could warn people about any type of emergency such as a fire or a school lockdown.
The dispatch center, called the Garfield County Emergency Communications Authority (GCECA), switched to the new system Nov. 1. The dispatch center has tested it since then and the GCECA’s Executive Director Carl Stephens announced Thursday the system is ready for public use.
The switch to the new 3N Global software will enable the dispatch center to contact currently unreachable people through cell phones, e-mail, fax, pagers, voice over IP, instant messenger programs, e-mail and text messages, according to Stephens.
Part of the reason behind the switch is that more people are using only cell phones that aren’t publicly listed and don’t have a traditional land line. That means reverse 911 calls were reaching fewer and fewer people.
The new system also allows for unlimited reverse 911 notifications. The old system charged a fee for whichever agency chose to use them, in effect providing a disincentive for government agencies like police and fire departments to notify people of emergencies, Stephens said.
Visit http://www.garco911.org to sign up for emergency notifications. Click the “Emergency Notification System” link at the left. Next, scroll down and click “Sign Up.”
Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121
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