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Testing to Begin on Mass Communication System

By Jean A. Flanagan
Moorefield Examiner


The Hardy County 911 Center and the Local Emergency Preparedness Committee (LEPC) has been working for more than two years on a mass communications (MC) or reverse 911 system for the residents of Hardy County. The problem with implementing such a system has been the cost. “Most systems cost between $5,000 and $10,000 to install and there’s a service fee,” said Paul Lewis, director of the Hardy County 911 Center.

The subject resurfaced at the Tuesday, March 6 meeting of the Hardy County Commission.

According to Fran Welton, chair of the LEPC, Hardy Telecommunications can provide MC capabilities for $650 with a $99 per month service fee for up to 20,000 contacts. The MC system would call residents on landlines and cell phones in the event of a natural or man-made emergency.

Welton said she needed 250 telephone numbers for a test.

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