Harrison County discontinues use of emergency alert system
CORYDON, Ind. (WDRB) -- Harrison County Council is removing the ability of the county to send out emergency alerts to its residents.
In a 4-3 vote, council decided last week to discontinue it’s funding of an emergency alert system for Harrison County residents.
According to the EMA director Greg Reas, around 11,700 had signed up for the alerts, which could range from severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods.
“My initial response was that I was appalled,” said Harrison County resident Sylvia Hatcher. “I just can't imagine that you would want to take something away that's so important and not fund it.”
The county had contracted with a company called Everbridge that maintained the system. It costs $12,000 each year.
“That's a drop in the bucket. That's nothing,” Hatcher said, “There needs to be notification to the community.”
The four council members who voted against the continued funding did not return emails seeking comment.
Reasons for them not to fund the measure included not enough people signing up for the free service. According to census date, the population of Harrison County is around 40,000. Another concern was that the alert system was redundant with weather and local media alerts.
“A redundancy, in my opinion, never hurts, but having something local is most imperative,” Hatcher said.
It’s unclear when the system will discontinue sending alerts.
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