In an effort to be able to provide citizens with breaking weather updates, the city of Milton has moved to approve a contract with the Emergency Communications Network.
“Basically what this Code Red program does is provide us an expanded notification opportunity beyond what we would get through something like Twitter or our regular news feeds that come out of Jason Wright’s office to allow us to make telephone calls to people within specific warning areas,” Fire Marshal Matt Marietta said.
The system would use submitted numbers as well as those gathered from 911 calls to inform citizens of bad weather within certain areas of the city. Currently, Milton does not have tornado sirens or other dedicated forms of warning for when bad weather was in the area.
Warnings could also be issued for chemical spills, child abductions and other scenarios where mass communication in an area is necessary.
“Ultimately, if you ever watch the weather reports when you see the weatherman saying, ‘This polygon here is going from east to west and everyone in these houses here need to duck and cover right now,’ this system actually allows us to call the people in that polygon,” said Councilman Matt Kunz. “It basically gives us some control from that as far as how Fulton County currently has us, but it allows us to have that control as well.”
The program will cost $1,000 per month and the expense has already been accounted for in the 2012 budget adjustment.