M’boro gathers DeltAlert info

Published 8:51 am Tuesday, March 29, 2011

MURFREESBORO — You may want to take another look at that water bill as it could mean a difference between being informed or not informed.

The Town of Murfreesboro is currently gathering cell phone numbers and email addresses via water bills to enter into the DeltAlert Emergency and Mass Notification System.

Last week, Police Chief Darrell Rowe reported to the Murfreesboro Town Council that approximately 330 people had filled out the form with their alternate contact information.

“The landline is automatically added in, this is for cell phones or (e-mail),” said Rowe.

DeltAlert can send out mass information by landline telephone, cell phone, text message, fax or e-mail. The system can alert citizens of an array of important messages, including, but not limited to, preparedness, response and recovery to natural disasters, man-made disasters, acts of terrorism, search and rescue, missing persons, utility restrictions and other special circumstances associated with an emergency.

In December, the Hertford County Board of Commissioners approved a three-year, $14,995 contract with DeltAlert. The Town of Murfreesboro is allotted 25,000 minutes per year plus any unused roll over minutes available from the first and second year.