Pitkin County Working to Improve Emergency Communication
Marci Krivonen – Aspen Publice Radio
Pitkin County is looking to improve the way it gets emergency information to the public. County officials say the old way of delivering information about wildfires, evacuations or other crises, isn’t always reaching homeowners.
When fire risk in Pitkin County reached an historic high this summer, emergency officials decided to test the county’s emergency telephone alert system. It dials all the county’s registered landlines. A fraction of those numbers, about 5300, were called, and more than half went unanswered at homes in places like Snowmass Village, Marble and Aspen.
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