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Jonesboro, AR -- Lauren Payne Reports

New alert system for Jonesboro, Craighead County

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Jonesboro, AR (KAIT) -- "The City of Jonesboro and 911 are really proactive in getting this information and education out to our citizens.   The more information we can get out to our citizens...the more information we can get out there, the better we're going to be able to protect them," said E-911 Director, Jeff Presley.

Getting that information out there has been made easier, says Presley.  Thanks in part to a new, free service for residents in Jonesboro and Craighead County.

"You can sign up to your web server and to your cell phone.   This is going to be sent to you within one minute that we do the alert," said Presley.

The information going out there varies....from Morgan Nick Alerts, to weather alerts...even upcoming events.  In addition, it will alert residents about changes to trash service, for example, or road closings--all at your fingertips.

"Like I said, any information that might be helpful to them.   They can receive it," said Presley.

"This is a win/win situation.   Not only for the City of Jonesboro, but also for the citizens and the administration," said Perrin.

Mayor Harold Perrin says, this new service will keep people informed about what's going on around the city, and give city administrators insight on situations that might need attention.

"It will help us identify things that we can go work on much quicker.   We'll be able to add much better customer service because of the calls that we get in here,"said Perrin.

After much research, Jeff Presley says it's a program that's working well in other cities.  He says the goal is to keep people informed--and the first step, he says, is to sign up.

"This is going to be a very important tool in 911, and the city," said Presley.

Some of the partners, affiliates and members include The International Fire and Emergency Responder Network, National Sheriff's Association, The Council of State Governments, VeriSign, Police Executive Research Forum, U.S Conference of Mayors, and Nlets.

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