City of Troup adopts emergency alert service

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 6:31pm

People who live in the city of Troup will now be informed by an alert when an emergency or city related issue happens.

Troup city officials agreed to implement this emergency alert service at Tuesday night's meeting.

Cities around the country have adopted a program to keep their citizens informed on why they see blaring sirens speeding down their neighborhood.

Troup is now the latest city in East Texas to use the CodeRED notification service.

Troup Mayor John Whitsell says in an emergency or situation where city officials need to warn their citizens, this is the fastest way to keep their residents safe and informed.

Whitsell says Troup is a safe town, but it's better to have a system than no system at all.

"It only takes one and being prepared is always the best choice."

Whitsell says the system can warn their residents if a tornado is coming, if someone is missing or even as simple as the trash is going to come a day late.

It's up to their discretion on what they would like to send out to the public.

The system sends out a CodeRED message either to a home phone, sends a text message or an email with details on what to do or what the problem is

The program does not cost the public or the cities a dime.

The service is completely funded by the Smith County 911 Communications District.

The city of Tyler adopted the service in 2007.

Don Martin, Public Information Officer for the Tyler Police Department, says they've tweaked the system to make sure they only send out notifications when they believe there is a big emergency the public needs to know about.

"We can notify thousands of people within seconds and that is the purpose behind it. It allows us to talk to a lot of people real quick," said Martin.

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