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Published April 22, 2010, 03:14 PM

Crookston To Use New Emergency Notification System

People who live in Crookston will now be able to stay one step ahead of emergencies, thanks to a new web based emergency notification system.

By: Steven Bodakowski, WDAZ

People who live in Crookston will now be able to stay one step ahead of emergencies, thanks to a new web based emergency notification system.

Once people in Crookston sign up for this web based emergency notification system staying ahead of tornadoes and other emergencies will be much easier.

Wendy Sandstrom: "It's a web based program that when people enroll in it will take any kinds of communication media , land line, cell phone, e-mail text and send a message from the city."

Crookston will piggy-back off of Polk Counties system, it's so precise it can for example notify residents on a specific street to move their cars for snow plows. Enrollment can be done by web or on paper.

The web based emergency system will cost Crookston just 250-dollars a year to operate, and it will be used to notify resident of more than just typical emergencies like a tornado or flood.

Wendy Sandstrom: "We're looking at using it for more customized ways for like snow removal parking, mosquito control community events."

Dave Genereux: "Sometimes people won't hear the sirens if they're in their basements this might be a way to enhance that feature."

The mayor says they looked into it years ago but it was too expensive without having a partner like they do now with the county.

Enrollment notifications will be sent out over the next month. City officials say they hope everyone enrolls since it is free.

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