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New notification system means faster response time

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- An upgrade for the Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management will mean faster response time for you.

They will begin implementing a new Electronic Emergency Notification System which is going to greatly reduce the amount of time it takes Emergency Management to notify first responders, emergency services, and city officials in the event of a disaster in the Yakima Valley.
The old notification system required dispatchers to call people directly.

This new system lets them send out a short statement via text message, email, and pager with the simple click of a computer mouse.

Emergency Management Director Jim Hall says the old system could take up to 90 minutes to notify everyone, now, it will only take a few minutes.

"It improves our communication amongst the various agencies and departments. Basically does a better job of keeping everybody in the loop so that we can respond better," said Hall.

Hall says several severe floods this year prompted the office to work towards making a change.

The new system will also help provide information to the media so you know what's going on too.