Thursday, March 4, 2010

New Emergency Radios Being Deployed

News organizations across the state are now reporting on an effort by Putnam County emergency officials to notify the public in a more timely fashion. New emergency radios have been placed throughout the county. Officials say the radios will be used to alert residents to bad weather, school closings, hazardous material spills, police emergencies and other urgent matters. The system allows emergency agency officials to instantly send an alert sound, then to scroll a warning or informative message across a screen on a system receiver through use of local FM radio airwaves. The radios have been placed in all schools, the sheriff's department, all police stations, the hospital, all nursing homes, all city halls, the senior citizens centers, the Putnam Library and other public places. They were purchased with a Homeland Security Grant.