MOUNT VERNON — Emergency Management Agency Director Mark Maxwell has said of the Wireless Emergency Notification System that “I can’t think of anything the county can do that is more important than implementing this system.”
The county commissioners voted Sept. 26 to pass a resolution authorizing Maxwell to contract for the WENS system.
What is the WENS system? How will it work? What will it cost? How will it be paid for?
WENS is the mass notification system marketed by Inspiron Logistics of Akron to send out mass notices of life-threatening emergency situations, such as tornadoes or flood. This is a big step up from relying on the emergency warning sirens, that do not tell what the emergency is or what actions should be taken.
Inspiron was selected after Maxwell talked to several other counties who have this kind of system, which has been described as “reverse 9-1-1.”
“For the first time, this will give us the ability to notify residents of life-threatening emergencies and protective actions they can take,” Maxwell said.
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