Alcorn to join emergency alert system

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – Alcorn County supervisors have agreed to join the CodeRED emergency alert system being offered through the Northeast Mississippi Planning and Development District.
Supervisors authorized Emergency Management Director Ricky Gibens to initiate the process which enables local government officials to send voice, email or text messages for severe weather alerts and other emergencies to county residents. For example, a supervisor could send a notice to residents in any district where roadwork might delay traffic or cause detours in a specific area.
“When the system is implemented through 911, all landline phones will automatically be registered,” Givens said. “Cellphones that are already registered with the county will be registered too, and people who don’t want it will have a chance to opt out.”
The service is free to county residents.
CodeRED is available nationwide, so individuals have the option of purchasing a smartphone app for about $5 that will provide them with the same service when they are traveling, Gibens said.
The cost of $11,028 per year will be shared by all the county entities that participate, Gibens said.
lena.mitchell@journalinc.com