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County purchases new wireless emergency alert system

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 - At Monday’s Sequoyah County Commissioners' weekly meeting, the purchase of a new emergency alert system was discussed.

Sequoyah County 911 Director David Slaughter said, "We recently purchased an emergency alert system that is wireless and operational. In other words, we will now be able to use operational messages to communicate with our fire departments, deputies, and courthouse employees."

The system also comes with wireless emergency alerts from the National Weather Service with no delay in communications. Once the sign-up process is complete, the county will gain the ability to send out its own Amber Alerts.

"Plus, there will be three options available for the public to opt-in to receive alerts. These options include alerts via text, voicemail, or a direct email or phone call, "Slaughter added.

During consideration of resolutions and bids, commissioners approved and signed a proclamation proclaiming the week of April 23–29 as Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

"The purpose of this week is to make sure all victims of crimes know they have individual rights to protect them as victims. Information is provided to the Sequoyah County deputies in a packet so individuals know what their rights are when making a report as a crime victim," Investigator Cindy Smith with the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Department said.

In addition, commissioners approved lowering the speed limit to 25 mph in District #3 on S 4677 Road, E 1109 Road, and E 1107 Road in Sequoyah County.

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