Hernado to participate in alert system

By The Associated Press

Olive Branch has signed up for the public safety notification system CodeRED.

The Commercial Appeal reports that the city will pay $22,000 annually for the system.

The system will alert business operators and residents by phone to utility service disruptions, road closures and hazardous weather.

The service sends notifications to both land lines and cellular phones and offers a mobile phone application. Alerts can also be targeted to specific areas, such as in the case of a road closing.

The city is considering a supervisory control and data acquisition system that will monitor city services such as water and gas. Officials said the alarm system can help the city know about and address problem areas before residents call with complaints.

The city expects the one-time cost of the SCADA system to be about $200,000. Quotes will be taken before the matter goes before aldermen for a decision.

Mayor Sam Rikard has said the notification and alert systems are an attempt by the city to be more responsive to residents. Such systems also can make notifications more efficient.