SANATOGA PA – Montgomery County’s transition to a new public emergency notification system, and Lower Pottsgrove’s participation in the change, both “went extremely well despite the short lead time we were given” township Emergency Management Coordinator Ray Lopez reported Monday (July 6, 2015) to the Board of Commissioners.
The county decided earlier to buy a new notification system, and ditch its obsolete one, when special funding became available. The computer and software package allows members of the public who register with the “Ready Montco” project to receive messages about weather, traffic, school, fire and other emergencies by phone call, text messaging or e-mails.
The system went live June 1 (Monday) in a five-county area of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and replaces a similar but much older one called “Ready Notify PA.” Its creators no longer supported the software. Lopez and township Police Chief Michael Foltz were trained June 6 on sending Lower Pottsgrove’s own notices, if ever necessary, to the public and township staff, Lopez’s report stated.
Several severe weather notifications were issued by the National Weather Service and the county using the new system during June. Lopez noted “there were no reports of severe damages reported in the immediate area of Lower Pottsgrove” once those storms had passed.
Related (to the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners’ July 6 meeting):
- Emergency Notice Change Goes Smoothly Here
- Lower Pottsgrove May Expenses Totaled $414,239
- Commissioners Make A Techno-Chic Entrance
- Police Arrest 2 Wanted In Out-Of-Town Cases
- No One’s Happy When Tax Bills Arrive
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