By Jean A. Flanagan
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.