New system could give Lansing residents direct emergency warnings

2014-04-21T00:00:00Z New system could give Lansing residents direct emergency warningsGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
April 21, 2014 12:00 am  • 

LANSING | The Village Board heard a presentation last week about a new communications program that could let Lansing provide emergency warnings to residents more quickly and directly.

The Police Department has studied the Code Red program, and the 911 Emergency Board recommended adopting it. Code Red is already are in place in Calumet City, South Holland, Lynwood and Thornton.

The Village Board did not vote on the matter, but officials said they were sympathetic to the program.

Lansing police Sgt. Al Phillips and Communications Supervisor Brian Weis said residents would have to sign up to receive the emergency warnings, and an effort will be made during the spring and summer months to make people aware of what they need to do. Residents with questions can contact the department at (708) 895-7150.

They also will get to pick exactly what types of emergency notices they would want to hear, and at what times.

“It’s scalable to what the residents want to be warned about,” Weis said.

Residents also would be asked what form of communications is most convenient for them, whether they want the warnings through email, text message or automated calls.

Warnings could include notices about potentially hazardous weather conditions, crime trends in their immediate neighborhoods or potential public health risks, said Phillips, who added that 911 funds will cover the cost of the program, rather than any appropriation from the village’s corporate fund.

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