Emergency Alert System To Go Online Friday

by Erica Peterson on October 24, 2011

Louisville’s city-wide emergency alert system should be functional by Friday and residents are now able to sign up to receive notifications of emergencies and weather alerts.

Metro government officials first considered implementing an emergency alert system after a March explosion in the Rubbertown neighborhood laid bare the city’s inadequacy in warning residents of emergencies. Now, Louisville has hired the Florida-based Emergency Communications Network to set up the system. Mayor Greg Fischer says Code Red will allow the city to determine how and who should be warned of emergencies.

“So the Code Red alert system is going to warn people by text, email or phone call about dangers, severe weather,” Fischer said. “The system is extraordinarily flexible. It can cover the entire city, it can cover just a street, a block, a neighborhood.”

New District 1 Councilwoman Attica Woodson Scott says the new emergency alert system is a good first step toward solving Rubbertown’s chemical-related problems, but more work is needed to make the neighborhood safe.

“It’s one step,” she said of the system. “The other step is making sure we remain diligent in fining companies when they have chemical emission leaks and making sure we invest in hiring more monitors and making sure they’re going around to the chemical plants and checking for leaks and emissions and levels of toxics in the environment.”

Scott says she plans to send her staff door-to-door to make sure Rubbertown residents know how to sign up for the alerts.

The system will go online Friday. Residents can sign up for alerts on the city’s website, at any library branch, or by calling Metro Call at 311.

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