Henry County Utilizes ALERT FM Technology
First responders, schools, businesses, and citizens to benefit
Paris, Tennessee- February 19, 2010-Henry County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) announced today that they have fully implemented and installed ALERT FM- an FM radio-based emergency notification system-as part of their emergency notification capabilities. The system was paid for using a NWS weather service grant obtained by the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.
This new technology will allow Ronald Watkins, EMA director, and his emergency management team to send targeted information to specific groups of first responders, schools, businesses, and citizens. Information might include school closings, severe weather warnings, and evacuation notices and instructions.
“ALERT FM is a great addition to our existing notification system,” Watkins said. “We will be able to send up-to-date priority information to not only first responders but citizens as well.”
To receive this information, citizens, schools, and businesses must be equipped with an ALERT FM receiver. Receivers are portable, light weight, and easy to program. As part of the grant, the EMA was able to distribute about 100 receivers across Henry County to local schools, government buildings, daycares, and healthcare facilities.
Citizens and businesses may purchase an ALERT FM receiver at www.alertfm.com for around $40 with no recurring fees after purchase. Companies in Henry County that are interested in selling receivers locally can contact Global Security Systems, LLC at 601-709-4240.
ALERT FM is unique compared to other notification systems because it delivers messages using the data subcarrier of local FM radio transmission towers. The use of this pre-existing network of FM towers provides overlapping signal coverage for the area. FM stations currently participating
in the ALERT FM network for the county are WFGS (103.7) and WLZK (94.1). These overlapping stations ensure message distribution over a large “FM footprint” which gives EMA the potential to reach the county’s 31,770 citizens in mere seconds.
Additionally, the EMA system will be fully compatible with the ALERT FM systems implemented in other counties around the Mid-South, Western Tennessee, and across the entire State of Mississippi. Any ALERT FM receiver is fully functional in these areas provided it is programmed for that local area.
“ALERT FM provides valuable information to citizens and business of Henry County no matter if they are at home or work or traveling throughout the surrounding counties,” Jim Lowery, general manager of Global Security Systems, LLC.
For more information visit www.alertfm.com.
About ALERT FM
ALERT FM is owned and operated by Global Security Systems, LLC (GSS) of Jackson, Miss. It is a personal alert and messaging system that enables state and local government and private sector officials to create and send emergency information to targeted recipients. Potential information includes severe weather warnings, homeland security notices, hurricane evacuation instructions, utility notices, plant or school closings, employee notifications and traffic alerts. First responders, school officials, citizens, and businesses can receive this information based on geographic or organizational groupings through specially designed ALERT FM receivers or any device equipped with a standard FM chip. ALERT FM has been implemented at the university, state, county and multi-county levels. More than 30 million people in 13 states have access to ALERT FM technology.
Henry AFM announcement press release.pdf (70.75 kb)