Phone System to Warn Colorado County Citizens

WASHINGTON (04/27/2000) - Adams County has become the second Colorado county to sign a contract to install an advanced telephone system that will warn residents about natural disasters, wildfires, chemical spills, hostage situations or other emergencies.

The Emergency Preparedness Network can make 2,304 calls per minute, using a prerecorded message to inform Adams County's 300,000 residents about emergencies and any provide information to help protect their lives and property. Boulder County signed a contract earlier this month.

The messages can be sent to pinpointed areas - such as all homes within a three-block radius of an accident - or to the entire community. The system calls all phone numbers in an area, including nonlisted numbers. If the system cannot get an answer phone line, it will call the number again up to three times.

The system also allows "preplanned events" to be programmed into the system for emergency-prone areas, such as areas susceptible to floods or tornadoes.

The EPN uses US West Inc.'s telephone database and SCC Communications Corp.'s emergency warning system.

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