Roberts Unveils New Mass Notification System

July 2, 2007

SAN DIEGO –   Board of Supervisors’ Chairman Ron Roberts today announced that the County of   San Diego will soon put in place a new Emergency Mass Notification System that   has the ability to reach significantly more people in a shorter period of time   compared to the County’s existing system.

The County’s existing system can   place approximately 11,000 calls per hour, and those calls are limited only to   landlines.  The new system, produced by Columbus, Ohio-based Twenty First   Century Communications, will enable the County to place 400,000 calls per hour,   and not just to landlines, but to cell phones as well.  Also, unlike the current   system, the new system will be capable of sending out mass e-mail and text   messages.

“Whether it’s a wildfire, an   earthquake, the bird flu, or locating missing children or those with   Alzheimer’s, getting information to the public quickly is vital to the   protection of you and your family,” said Roberts. “Not only is this system   dramatically better than the current one, it’s less   expensive.”

The start-up cost for the new system   is about $100,000.  The annual usage cost, including call minutes, will be an   additional $100,000.

The new system is Internet based and   will provide for quick and easy access by other entities.  Cities and agencies   within the region can “opt-in” to the system at no charge.

Pending formal approval by the Board   of Supervisors on July 24th, the new system is expected to be   operational by September.