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Russell, Cumberland included in reverse 911 test

Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security have announced that a new emergency notification 9-1-1 system, commonly referred to as "Reverse 9-1-1," will be tested in Clinton, Cumberland, Russell and Monroe Counties, during the next two weeks. The system will serve as a means of communicating with the public during a potential emergency involving the Wolf Creek Dam.

This week's test will disseminate an automated message to random subsets of numbers from the four county area concluding in a full scale test message to all residents. Approximately 17,000 households will be contacted during the test period.

"I am committed to ensuring the public health and safety of every citizen, business, and visitor to Lake Cumberland while preserving the great quality of life in the region," said Governor Ernie Fletcher. "It is critical that we are able to communicate effectively with the public during an emergency and this emergency notification 9-1-1 system supplements our ability to do that."

Testing will begin Thursday April 12 and conclude Wednesday April 25th. While in test mode, the state does have the ability to send a mass alert should there be a breach of the dam.

The emergency notification system enables homeland security to send a pre-recorded message to home phone numbers on record within minutes. Recipients of an alert will receive an automated message with details and instructions on what to do, or where to go for more information.

The test will include only home phone numbers of residents in the affected areas, however, the state will also offer a website for individuals to enter their cell phones and/or e-mail addresses. Additional information regarding this website will be available in the coming days.

This story was posted on 2007-04-12 11:52:39
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