New system will alert residents about severe weather and disasters

Thomas Garcia

A new system will soon be available to alert Quay County residents about severe weather and disasters.

“We will be able to alert the public via land line, cell phone, email and fax,” said Tucumcari Emergency Manager Scot Jaynes .

Jaynes said the system being installed is an Everbridge SmartGIS. He said it is an interactive, web-based program allowing thousands of residents to be in contact with vital information quickly.

“During the 2008 wildfires in California a similar system was able to alert 41,000 residents in three minutes,” Jaynes said.

Jaynes said the system can send out a text message or convert the message to speech.

“There are so many platforms in which this system can alert the public,” Jaynes said.

Janyes said the web-based system can be accessed and triggered by phone or smart phone in the event of a power outage.

“This system is a great idea,” said Quay County Manager Richard Primrose.

Primrose said it gives officials another tool to keep residents informed in the event of a disaster.

“With this system we will be able to alert a specific area that would be affected, alerting those needed and not starting a panic” said Tucumcari Fire Chief Mike Cherry.

Jaynes said the system is being paid for by a New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

“The grant is for $45,440 and will cover the cost of the system and five years of service,” Jaynes said.

Jaynes said residents interested in signing up for the program can do so at the Tucumcari and Quay County websites: www.cityoftucumcari.com and www.quaycounty-nm.gov.