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Yakima's Emergency Management Team Considers Purchasing Alert System

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The Yakima Valley Emergency Management Team is looking into purchasing a county wide alert system. The Yakima Valley Emergency Management Team is looking into purchasing a county wide alert system.

YAKIMA, WA - The Yakima Valley Emergency Management Team is looking into purchasing a county wide alert system.

The system would notify each household with a phone line of a current or future emergency. People would also be able to sign up for alerts on their cell phones, pagers or email.

Yakima's Emergency Management Director, Jim Hall, said this is one of the state's only largely populated counties that doesn't have an alert system in place, and he said it's something the valley needs.  

"If people aren't notified and get reasonable information, it tends to become rumors and rumors can get way out of hand before you can reign them in, so yes we need a system," said Jim Hall.

Hall said the notification system could cost up to $40,000.

Emergency management is still talking to vendors and said they need to do more research on pricing and how they would pay for the system.

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