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Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 11:09am

Hall County Seeks Emergency Alert Funding

This Thursday’s budget Hall County 2013 budget hearing carries the fate of a county-wide emergency alert system. The county currently uses a siren to alert residents of impending weather emergencies.

But officials say the siren isn’t always the best option. Neither are NOAA weather-alert radios says
David Kimbrell, Hall County Emergency Management Director:

“Sometimes those are cost prohibitive to someone on a fixed income. This would give an alert system that we can send either to landline telephones or someone can opt in for that to sent to their cellular phone. And most everyone has a telephone.”

The alert system is expected to COST $25,000 of the proposed 89 million dollar budget.

Officials hope the funds will be matched by a state grant.