Tulsa to implement new emergency alert system

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 4/11/2013 5:21 pm Published: 4/11/2013 3:25 pm

The City of Tulsa wants to make it easier to let you know about emergencies.

A new alert system will soon be in place that pinpoints certain areas of town. This way, it won’t bother the people who don’t need the message.

Broken Arrow has been using the system for more than 5 years now.  If an emergency call comes in, 911 dispatchers can quickly map out the affected area and send out a phone alert.    

The automated phone system can send out emergency and non-emergency phone notifications. The service can also email you or send a text message.

Jimmie Allison says he’s received alerts nearly 6 times or so over the past 4 years.

"For instance if you've got a water break, they will call and tell you to conserve water, and you might want to catch a pot of drinking water you know before it goes out,” says Allison.

Broken Arrow city leaders say it’s worked out really well if it needs to notify people about the closings of government offices or even if their trash won’t be picked up that day.

If you don't have a land-line and would rather use your cell phone, go to the city of Broken Arrow's website. Click on the Blackboard Connect tab and enter your information.

Philip Van Pelt says the emergency alert system gives him security if there ever were a public threat like a school lockdown or a bomb threat.

"It's very comforting and we have received messages at different times if there's a problem,” says Van Pelt.

So far, close to 50,000 households are on the list; however you can opt out of the program if you don’t want to receive alerts.

Tulsa’s alert system is expected to launch in late June or early July. The first year of service will be funded by a grant.

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kindagreywolf - 4/12/2013 3:06 AM
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LOL! And while they are reading the text, they butt end the car in front of them.
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