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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Reverse 911 approved in Dover

DOVER

If there's an emergency, Dover residents will know about it -- and fast.

Police Chief Joseph Griffin has received approval to bring a “reverse 911” community notification service into Dover.

The service, which will be operated by an outside company, will allow the town to contact all residents with a pre-recorded message.

Griffin says it could be used for everything from school cancellations to giving instructions during a public health emergency, such as a flu pandemic.

Griffin says he has explored using the company SwiftReach, which charges $5,000 per year, in addition to a 3.5-cent fee for each call to a resident.

The money will come out of a budget usually used for building-related costs for the police and fire departments. But Griffin says he believes all town departments, including the schools, should have access to the service.

Griffin says he expects the service to be available after the fiscal year starts next July.

-– Kyle Alspach

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