Fischer announces new information on alert system in public meeting

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by Brooke Katz

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 10, 2011 at 12:42 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 10 at 10:36 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Mayor Greg Fischer announced there are now four companies under consideration to help drastically expand a county-wide warning system.

The announcement comes after the communication failure that happened following the deadly explosion at Carbide Industries in Rubbertown. Those who live near the area were asked to give feedback on the criteria that's been set for a new alert system, but every person who spoke at the meeting said they need more than just alerts.
 
Eboni Cochran works with a group that's fighting for tighter controls on plants in Rubbertown. She was happy to give the mayor the feedback he asked for. She said the community hasn't been a part of the discussions about the systems and the criteria, and that has left her wondering how everything is going to work out.
 
The city has budgeted $500,000 dollars for the new system, and now it's up to Metro Council to approve it. The city is looking for a system that has a call-in number for people of there's an emergency, one that can send messages through land lines, cell phones, texts and even utilizes social media. Cochran said the criteria is good, but she said it's not enough to keep those who live near Rubbertown safe.
 
"This problem is so huge," said Cochran. "We must have a strategic plan."
 
Mayor Fischer said he plans to have a public showing of the two systems sometime in the next two to three weeks.

 

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