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Legislators Appropriate Funding for Mass Notification System

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Legislators Appropriate Funding for Mass Notification System

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Legislature, by unanimous vote, approved appropriation of $20,500 from the Contingent Fund to support acquisition of a Mass Notification System for Tompkins County, and authorized the County to enter into a three-year contract with SwiftReach Company, of Mahwah, New Jersey for the Swift911 system. The Emergency Communications (911) Center within the Department of Emergency Response will manage the system, and the department’s target budget will be increased by $20,000 to allow the mass notification system to be sustained in the future.

The system can send an immediate message via phone, text, email, fax, and social media, targeted in a comprehensive fashion, as in a major emergency situation, or more narrowly, either geographically or to subscribers who have a particular need or interest. As a shared service (and as cited in the County’s recommended Shared Services Plan), the system will be made available without charge to all municipalities in the County.

Administrator Joe Mareane told legislators the new system will enable the County to alert people immediately to potential threats, and will provide the opportunity to quickly get information to people who want it.