Battelle and Franklin County officials work toward county-wide alert system

Battelle and officials in Franklin County, Ohio, recently said that they want a new mass warning and notification system to serve the entire county.

The research company and Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security are looking to develop a system to bring emergency notification into the 21st century.

"There's no consistency in terms of what vendors they're using," Kimberly Stamble, a Battelle project manager, said, according to ThisWeek Community News. "They're only capable of reaching a limited amount of people in the community. There's nothing countywide."

County officials encouraged residents to participate in public meetings and participate in an online survey posted on the county's website.

Stamble said she expects web apps and technology to be an important factor in the alert system, ThisWeek Community News reports.

"I think there are certainly increased capabilities that could be utilized to reach a broader audience or greater number of people in the community," Stamble said, according to ThisWeek Community News.

FCEMHS Director Michael Pannell said the system is a top priority for the county.

"I would say we're anxious to get it done," Pannell said, ThisWeek Community News reports. "I think an area of our size, with the population we have in Ohio, needs a 21st-century mass-notification capability. I think our job is to make sure it works and to coordinate with the 42 jurisdictions in Franklin County."