- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - Jackson County officials have voted to spend $30,000 in federal funds to purchase an emergency alert system.

MLive.com (https://bit.ly/1SU4CzQ ) reports the Jackson County Board of Commissioners Affairs and Agencies Committee voted to approve the sheriff’s office buying of a Code Red alert system April 11. Jackson County Undersheriff Christopher Kuhl says it’s a “one-time expenditure,” and that there won’t be yearly renewals or recurring costs.

The service is provided by Florida-based Emergency Communications Network and communicates emergencies through phone call, email, text message, an application for smartphones, and social media.

Emergency Communications Network Marketing Director Teri Friedler says more than 4,000 agencies in the United States are served by the alert service.

Kuhl says the sheriff’s office plans “a very vigorous marketing campaign” to get residents signed up for the alert system.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press:MLive.com, https://www.mlive.com


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