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OXFORD COUNTY COMMISSIONS “COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION” SYSTEM
OXFORD COUNTY COMMISSIONS “COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION” SYSTEM

Oxford County.  Area residents and businesses will soon have a new tool to receive rapid information, notifications and warnings from public safety officials regarding dangerous incidents or other emergencies.  The new system, funded though a Homeland Security Grant Program, allows officials to provide essential and immediate information to virtually every household in Oxford County.  “If you have a working landline phone, we can warn you of a local danger,” stated Scott Parker of the Oxford County Emergency Management Agency.  Avtex corporation’s CITYWATCH system provides emergency officials the means to quickly deliver emergency message to areas as small as a few households or to the entire county. 

  The system automatically places telephone calls to deliver emergency information.  Area residents who depend on cellular or “voice over internet protocol” communications will be able to register their emergency contact information directly through an online link available on the Oxford County EMA website.  The system can also deliver e-mail, SMS text notifications along with TTY for the hearing impaired upon registration.
 
 Beyond the obvious benefits during emergency situations, the system will be made available for area towns to deliver non-emergency information such as school closings, meeting cancellations or messages to municipally-sponsored organizations and committees.
 
 The grant proposal was submitted following extensive planning and proposal reviews conducted in 2009 and 2010 by county emergency management officials.

CITYWATCH and other “reverse-911” type systems have proven their merit in disaster alerting and emergency information nationwide in cases such as the California wildfires, Midwest floods, dam emergencies and missing child or elder cases.  Oxford County’s EMA Director Scott Parker noted “the system will be helpful to quickly notify town residents of serious flooding and other natural and manmade issues that arise”.

 

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