ALERT FM Implementation Complete in 9 West Central Alabama Counties
Clanton, Ala.- September 30, 2010- Alabama Emergency Management Agency announced today that ALERT FM has been successfully implemented in 9 west central Alabama counties. Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, and Wilcox counties are the first counties in the State using this new emergency notification technology. AEMA purchased this system for these counties using National Weather Service grant funding obtained for this project.
ALERT FM is an FM radio-based emergency notification system that allows county officials to send targeted messages to residents, schools, businesses, and first responders who are equipped with an ALERT FM receiver. Types of messages that might be received include weather warnings, school closings, and evacuation notices and instructions. Receivers will be available for purchase at local hardware or electronics retailers in the area for around $40.
“We are excited that ALERT FM has come to Alabama. This new technology will help these counties better notify their residents and businesses of critical information,” said Charles Williams, AEMA preparedness section chief. “We are committed to helping our counties stay better prepared.”
This system is unique compared to other notification systems because it delivers geo-targeted digital information via the Radio Broadcast Data System (RBDS) of local radio stations to thousands of ALERT FM receivers simultaneously. Radio stations currently participating in the ALERT FM network for these 9 counties include WALX (100.9), WSLY (104.9), WINL (98.5), WNPT (102.9), WYVC (102.3), WBFZ (105.3), WZNJ (106.5), WALN (89.3), WJEC (106.5), and WTUG (92.9).
“ALERT FM allows broadcasters across the State to strengthen their commitment to keeping their communities safe. It allows them to participate in a network that provides targeted, potentially life-saving information to first responders, businesses, and citizens,” said Sharon Tinsley, president of the Alabama Broadcasters Association.
The county-wide system being used in each of the 9 counties is fully compatible with the state-wide ALERT FM system being used in Mississippi and in other locations around the United States.
“ALERT FM provides valuable information to the residents and businesses of these 9 counties no matter if they are at home or work or traveling throughout the 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 35 million people in 14 states have access to ALERT FM technology.
ALERT FM and AEMA press release.pdf (74.22 kb)