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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • City to improve emergency communication with new system

  • The City of Waynesville will soon have an automated notification system in place to better inform citizens of bad weather and various emergency situations, including missing child alerts.
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  • The City of Waynesville will soon have an automated notification system in place to better inform citizens of bad weather and various emergency situations, including missing child alerts.
    The City Council recently approved an agreement to contract with CodeRED for emergency notification services.
    The system is set up to keep citizens informed via telephone, text message, e-mail and even Facebook messages.
    "The good thing about it is we will be able to contact our people on all sorts of issues," said Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman, who recently wrote in a column that the system will alert citizens "for such things as tornado warnings, water breaks, planned power outages and even, by our Police Department for emergency situations."
    Hardman says the system can even target certain neighborhoods to inform residents about area-specific situations.
    The service is available to all Waynesville utility customers. 
    Hardman says this could eventually be a replacement for traditional tornado sirens, which are expensive to maintain.
    The cost to the city is about $4,000 per year.
    "We have been faced with problems with our tornado sirens for several months," the mayor said. "It will end up costing us $10,000 to $15,000 just to have them assessed.
    "To us it is a much better use of our tax money than sinking tens of thousands of dollars into these tornado sirens that need repair quite often."
    According to the Emergency Communications Network's website, the network keeps all contact information private. Additionally, the system has a number of built-in redundancies, ensuring timely delivery of "critical communications." 
    Municipalities, counties and school systems statewide already use the CodeRED system, including Washington, Eureka and Blue Springs to name a few.
    To learn more about CodeRED, visit http://www.ecnetwork.com/codered/
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