City of Jeffersonville to offer new way to warn residents of emergencies

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by Claudia Coffey

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 16, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 16 at 6:22 PM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- From severe weather to a chemical leak, residents in Jeffersonville, Ind. are about to get up to the minute alerts when it comes to any kind of emergency.

The city is updating the way it warns its residents, and will offer them several options and that includes social media and all you have to do is sign up.

"We can use that platform to send out messages about boil orders, street closures, maybe snow storms or if there is a law enforcement actions in that part of the city, avoid that area," Amir Mousavi,  Jeffersonville Direrctor of Safety, said.

It's called code red and will inform residents of emergencies via text, facebook or email. It's the latest way for the city to communicate with a growing population.

"We are a class two city with 4,200 population here. It is not a small community. It is not as easy to communicate with all the citizens anymore. We obviously have the traditionally storm sirens. However, there is a lot of national research indicating that it is best to have some sort of alarm followed by messages that give instructions to people what to do," Mousavi said.

It can also isolate those in danger right down to the very street. So people affected or in harm’s way will find out first.

"We can zoom into neighborhoods or streets even isolate one street and just send a message to those homeowners or residents there," Mousavi said.

The program is expected to be online in about a month








 

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