The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a $23,500 grant to buy a new emergency notification system.
The system will allow authorities to send out Reverse 911 calls in a given area in the event of emergency situations.
The Sheriff’s Office applied for the grant in November 2012 to buy the system. That proposal was presented to the Homeland Security Council in December.
First responders will be able to use the system to deliver a recorded message to Lancaster County residents about missing child or missing persons alerts, disaster information, weather emergencies, crime alerts and other types of public safety messages. Lancaster County residents will also be able to register cellular phones with the system to receive the messages.
“We are extremely pleased to receive this grant,” said Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile. “It’s nice to know that we can use this money to acquire new technology and not have to rely on Lancaster County funds. This system will be very beneficial to all of the emergency service agencies in the county. We will be able quickly inform the public of emergency situations. Technology is always changing and we always excited when new technology is obtained that improves our quality of service,” Faile said.
It’s not yet clear when the system will be installed. York County has a similar system that has been used numerous times to target messages to specific geographical areas.