The City of Hillsboro will soon have an emergency notification system

The Hillsboro City Council heard from City Administrator Larry Paine on Tuesday that the city has signed a contract with a company called Code Red, which is an emergency notification process that will notify citizens of information when they sign up.

“The tornado in Nashville is an example of how we can use that. We would know if a tornado was coming, and we would use this notification process to wake people up with a phone call to say ‘there is a tornado coming, take cover!’,” said Paine. “And you know the event we had a few months ago with the fellow walking around with a gun? We needed everyone to stay inside? That’s another example of that.”

Paine explained that the program will roll out soon once they get some issues figured out around geocoding addresses and phone numbers so that the right citizens can be notified.

“This will be good for things like waterline breaks. We can go to the system and draw a circle around an area and those people can get a phone call, text and an email that says we are working on it. It’s something we can be ahead of that helps them know we are going to be in their neighborhood,”

In other business, the council:

  •  heard from Paine regarding some of the strategic goals they have been working on. Paine discussed the plan to develop homes for new home buyers as well as for the older population looking to downsize. The council discussed tiny homes and other options.
  •  heard that the special vehicle ordinance is now ready to go so that special vehicles can be registered.
  • heard more of the plans regarding the development of a community plaza that will include a solar panel roof and possibly a station to charge electric cars.
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