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Liberty County launches alert system

Alert Liberty (Source: Liberty County website) Alert Liberty (Source: Liberty County website)

A new system is now in place in Liberty County that will help residents stay safe and informed.

Liberty County Emergency Management Agency has launched a system called Alert Liberty, which is a new automated system alerts subscribers to everything from tornado warnings to water and power outages.

Liberty EMA has training its staff on and has been testing the system for a couple of weeks. Now, they want to put it into action.

"We are extremely excited about it. This system will dial out as many as 10,000 calls at one time," said Liberty County EMA Director Mike Hodges.

Hodges said thanks to a $25,000 grant from GEMA, he and his staff can get out urgent information in the blink of an eye.

"If we have a tornado that moves through downtown Hinesville, this thing decides on where based on National Weather Service information and we can call the people in that danger zone, and get them the rapid information and not call the people in the eastern end of the county that's not even affected," Hodges explained.

The alert system will get a hold of folks in as many or as little ways as they tell it to. Residents can put in as many emails and phone numbers as they want, but not necessarily be bombarded when an alert goes out.

"If an alert goes out and I answer my work phone, then it won't call my cell phone, because the system recognizes that it told me," Hodges said.

The county's one warning siren in Hinesville will be phased out as part of the plan.

The system is so targeted and specific, that it can warn people of hostage situations in specific neighborhoods, but not call the house where the incident is taking place. 

Hodges said the new alert system also rolled out in Wayne and Charlton counties.

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