E-911 board moves forward with new notification system

At Wednesday nights E-911 Joint Services board meeting, the board passed the motion of implementing a new mass notification system. (Photo: Amber Draper/KTVO)

At Wednesday night's E-911 Joint Services board meeting in Kirksville, the board passed a motion implementing a new mass notification system.

The main purpose of the system is to send out emergency notifications to those who reside in the Kirksville area. The system would allow the board or other designated personnel to send out notifications pertaining to evacuation notices, and public safety and disaster emergencies. The new notification system will also include categories ranging from information about weather, the city, county, or local universities.

E-911 Director Chris Killday said users will be able to opt out of receiving notifications of information in these categories.

Killday says this allows users to have more of a say in what information they will be notified about.

“They will be able to pick and choose what they want, if there’s things you only want inside the city, then you’ll be able to select that. If you want things for just the county, you’ll be able to select that."

The new system will replace the city's current Textcaster notification system.

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