Kirksville Council approves purchase of emergency notification system

Kirksville City Council members voted Monday night to purchase a new mass notification system. (KTVO File)

One northeast Missouri city is hoping to better communicate with its citizens in the event of an emergency.

The Kirksville City Council voted unanimously Monday night to purchase a new mass notification system.

The system will be purchased from a company called "ReGroup."

Staffers said this new system will replace the obsolete automatic telephone notification system previously used by the city.

The system will provide routine and emergency communications via email, text, phone and even social media.

Those who wish to be notified must subscribe.

The system will also be able to transmit wireless emergency alerts to all active cell phones in the geographical area.

The City of Kirksville allotted $13,000 in its 2017 budget to purchase software and hardware for the new notification system.

Kirksville staffers added that they will notify the public when this new system is up and running.

In addition to that purchase, council members also voted to approve the use of city streets for an annual parade.

The Truman State University Homecoming Parade is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

The parade route will be on Franklin Street from Cottonwood Street to Stokes Stadium.

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