published Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Tuscaloosa seeks to learn why emergency system failed

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Emergency officials are trying to learn why Tuscaloosa's emergency alert system failed to warn people of a tornado that struck parts of the city and county.

The EF-1 twister struck the community on Monday night.

The Tuscaloosa News reports that the system failed to make automatic phone calls or send text notifications to the 25,000 numbers or email addresses registered.

The city agreed to a two-year contract with a mass notification company last year. A Federal Emergency Management Agency grant covers 75 percent of the annual $27,737 the company receives for providing the service.

City spokeswoman Deidre Stalnaker said the system should send out automatic alerts whenever a National Weather Service warning is issued. From now on, a city employee will manually issue an alert to ensure that it goes through

about Associated Press...

The Associated Press

videos »         

photos »         

e-edition »

advertisement
advertisement

Find a Business

400 East 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403
General Information (423) 756-6900
Copyright, Permissions, Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, Ethics policy - Copyright ©2014, Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved.
This document may not be reprinted without the express written permission of Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc.