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Macomb Emergency Notification System Operating

Nov 1, 2012

Credit Rich Egger

Macomb Fire Chief Andy Taylor said the city’s first test of its new emergency telephone notification system went well.

Taylor said calls were made to 9,600 homes and businesses. He said the city worked off the 911 database -- which contains land line numbers -- so those with only cell phones were not contacted.

“If people did not receive a phone call last Friday (October 26) that means we don’t have your number. So I encourage them to let us know if they weren’t notified whether by phone or cell phone and we can get that taken care of,” Taylor said.

Taylor said residents can sign up on the city’s website. They can also call the fire department or pick up a form at the fire department or at city hall.

The notification system will be used for weather warnings, boil orders, and other emergencies. Taylor hopes to eventually send notices via e-mail as well as phone.

The city has a three year contract with Global Connect. The first year cost is $3250 and the city will pay $3900 each of the final two years of the pact.