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West Approves Alert Notification System

WEST, TX (KXXV) - On Tuesday, the West City Council approved implementing an alert notification system in 2015.

It will not have any cost to taxpayers for two years. However, after those two years, they will take over payments.

The alert system, One Call Tell All, can deliver a phone message to thousands within minutes. It will alert residents about anything from a boil order, to an emergency.

The First United Methodist Church, which will initially cover the costs of the system, already uses it to communicate with the congregation.

Pastor Jimmy Sansom said the church sent over 100 parishioners a recorded message to check on them after the West fertilizer explosion.

“We found out a lot of people were looking for answers. There are a lot of questions and we didn't know who to turn to sometimes and with this system. I thought it would be nice to have a system like that,” said Sansom.

The First United Methodist Church will use the donation money it received after the explosion to pay nearly $4,000 for the two first years of the alert system.

“You can't a price in a life. If it saves one life, it is worth it all. We hope we never have to use it, but one life is definitely worth it,” said Sansom.

Mayor Tommy Muska said this system will help the city better communicate with citizens. The city had looked at other alert systems, but they only allowed cities to use it for emergencies.

West plans to try out the system for two years. If it works, residents who sign up will pay for it. It costs $2 to notify one person for a year, and residents can sign up to two phones in one home.
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