The Vinton County Commissioners approved a motion to keep the Nixile Emergency Response System as the county's chief notification system earlier this week. When meeting with County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Bill Faught Monday morning, Commissioner Jim Satory explained the commissioners are wanting to split the cost of the system with the EMA, the County Health Department and Sheriff's Office.
Nixle is a mass notification provider utilized by more than 8,000 organizations, law enforcement agencies and schools. There are several situations where notification alerts are utilized including active shooters, severe weather, evacuations, natural disasters, civil unrest, environmental hazards, physical threats, executive protection, HAZMAT responses, and more.
Satory explained the county wants to keep the system because the county's horn notification system is not as good as officials would like it to be, so after considering the matter, the commissioners think Nixle is the best option.
"Because the majority of people have cell phones and computers, we feel Nixle provides good information and service," said Satory. He also stated Development Director Terri Fetherolf is looking for a grant to pay for the first year of a new renewable contract for Nixle service.
In other news from the meeting, Fetherolf also reported she has had some responses to the recent request for qualifications to perform several infrastructure and community improvement projects in Hamden. She said she will revisit this situation at a future meeting.
The commissioners will be meeting again Monday, Feb. 19 at 10 a.m.