Tri States Public Radio Staff
Phone messages will test alert system
Mon June 18, 2012
Carthage Residents Will Hear from City
Carthage residents will soon get a call from city hall. A new phone message system is being set up by city employees.
Second-ward Alderman Gary Smith says the system has been very easy to set up. He says the contact numbers for water service customers are being used for the initial test.
He says, “If we have a number that isn't one that they want called they can let us know. We're going to let residents use up to three numbers that they can have called. So a cell phone or home phone or whatever they want.”
Smith says the system is similar to systems commonly used by school districts to send alerts to students and parents.
The system will allow the city to let residents know when severe weather threatens, to notifiy affected areas of boil orders and to contact them about special events.