Posted: 5:24 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012
Cost per county
Montgomery: $108,00 for 24 months
Greene: $24,950 annually
Butler: $16,500 annually
Clark: $11,000 annually
Miami: $6,000 annually
Preble: No system
Warren: No system
Champaign: Not available
Emergency notification system at work
Lisa D’Allessandris, the Clark County Emergency Management director, said the county utilized Hyper-Reach to alert Pike Twp. residents after R.D. Holder Oil Company caught fire in April.
The county dispatch center sent residents within a one-mile radius of the company a “shelter-in-place” notification, telling them to remain in their homes and turn off their HVAC systems.
In a matter of moments from when the county was informed of the blaze, the message was sent to landlines and cell phones to residents on 13 different streets.
“We were able to let the residents know that there was potential danger outside,” D’Allessandris said. “They received the warning and there were no injuries. It was a good day.”
How it works
Emergency notification systems, such as Hyper-Reach and CodeRED, are accessed mostly by the county’s dispatch or communication center. When officials become aware of an emergency that warrants an alert, they can notify the mass population or pinpoint who they want to receive it.
Examples of notifications are a boil advisory, chemical spill, escaped prisoner, missing person, evacuation, inclement weather and even non-emergency situations.
According to Hyper-Reach, mapping is the No. 1 requested feature, which targets a specific area (streets, buildings) and allows a circumference drawn around the emergency site.
Every contact within that area receives the message within seconds, whether by landline, cell phone, text or email.