On Monday, Charlotte City Council unanimously voted to approve a new emergency alert and notification system for the city and Mecklenburg County.
The Everbridge system costs $725,000 for three years, and is already used in Boston, New Orleans, and the state of Connecticut.
Charlotte’s current system was installed in 2004, and only allows for messages to be relayed through landlines via the city’s reverse 911 program.
“We should be on the cutting edge,” said Democrat council member Claire Fallon, after the vote.
Everbridge sends messages through landlines, text, email, and social media. The system can target specific neighborhoods about any pending situation such as evacuations or water outages.
“We owe the citizens of this city for us to be available when they need us. That’s what we’re here for,” said Fallon.
System implementation could begin within a few weeks. Other municipalities like Pineville, Matthews, Mint Hill, Huntersville, Cornelius and Davidson will be gradually added to the system.
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