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Friday, September 23, 2011

Improving 911 Service

Huron County | by Dianne Colgan  

Huron County will access municipal databases to make PRISM-911 more effective.

In the wake of August's tornado in Goderich, the County of Huron will be accessing municipal databases to make PRISM-911 more effective.

Prism is an emergency notification system that can call subscribers and notify them of major weather events, boil water advisories or police action happening in the area.

Director of Emergency Services Dave Lew says the system was used in Goderich in the hours after the tornado informing residents where they could go and who to call if they needed help.

He says there were about two thousand subscribers in Goderich and they managed to reach about 50 per cent of them, mostly due to hydro being out and problems with the phone systems.

At a recent committee of the whole meeting, County Council agreed to let EMS go to the municipalities for permission to access their municipal databases.

Lew says this will make sure everyone can get the PRISM notifications and residents won't have to sign up individually.


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