City agrees to partner with county in Code Red 9-1-1 alert system
by Coy Slavik, Advance-Guard Editor
Mar 30, 2014 | 261 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
GOLIAD – City council voted 4-0 to enter into a partnership with the county on the Code Red reverse 9-1-1 call system at an annual cost of $500 starting Oct. 1.

Goliad County Judge David Bowman offered the city to join the county and Goliad ISD in the alert system during the March 18 city council meeting.

Bowman said the annual Code Red contract cost the county $2,350. He said the county offered Goliad ISD to join for $500 annually and made the same off to the city.

The system would call the cell phones and land lines in the database with a voice alert simultaneously. Bowman said the alerts could be designated to specialized affected areas.

“You could even do it street by street if you had that need to do that,” Bowman said.

“What our intent is and our wish is to develop a fairly extensive database of all the people who would be contacted when we have an emergency,” Bowman said.

The city already has a similar alert system in place and recently paid $1,800 to renew the annual service, which expires Dec. 31. Bowman said the city could join the alert system for $250 until the end of the city’s fiscal year in October.

“I’d hate to go back and redo another reverse 9-1-1 when we’re paying for one,” councilman Buddy Zavesky said.

The school utilized the alert system in January to notify parents of students that the schools were shut down due to a power outage caused by icy weather conditions.
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