New warning system under study in Adams Co.

Published 1:05 am Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Adams County officials are considering a system that will warn county and Natchez residents by telephone of hazardous weather.

Adams County Emergency Management Director Stan Owens says the system uses a database of phone numbers to call residents in a specific area to alert them to any type of danger.

Owens says if there were a chemical spill downtown, for example, he could alert only residents in the impacted area of the danger.

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It also would alert residents in specific areas to weather dangers as soon as the National Weather Service issues a warning specific to their area.

Owens says the system is completely automated.

Owens hopes the county and City of Natchez will split the cost, which runs about $22,500 a year.