Montgomery County Adds ALERT FM to its Existing Notification Capabilities
First responders, schools, businesses, and residents to benefit
Montgomery City- July 16, 2010 –Bob Bishop, Montgomery County Emergency Management director, announced today that the county has fully implemented and installed ALERT FM- an FM radio-based emergency notification system-as part of their emergency notification capabilities. This new technology will allow Bishop and his emergency management team to send targeted information to specific groups of residents, schools, businesses, and first responders. Information might include school closings, severe weather warnings, evacuation notices and instructions, and post disaster information.
“ALERT FM is a great asset to our county,” Bishop said. “Not only will residents be able to receive automated NWS weather warning but they will also be able to get messages from me regarding preparation for and clean up after tornadoes, snow storms, and other situations that might arise.”
To receive this information, residents, schools, and businesses must be equipped with an ALERT FM receiver. Receivers are portable, light weight, and easy to program. Receivers are available at Montgomery True Value Hardware and Home Center for around $40 with no recurring fees after purchase.
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 KMCR (103.9), KKCA (94.3), KCMQ (96.7), and KWWR (95.7). These overlapping stations ensure message distribution over a large “FM footprint” which gives Bishop the potential to reach the county’s 11,804 residents in mere seconds.
“ALERT FM provides valuable information-including severe weather warnings- to citizens and business of Montgomery County no matter if they are at home or work or traveling throughout the county,” Jim Lowery, general manager of Global Security Systems, LLC.
For more information visit www.alertfm.com.
About ALERT FMALERT 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.
Montgomery AFM announcement press release.pdf (69.00 kb)