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New emergency tone alert radios to begin arriving in Madison County

Madison County residents and businesses who have Advisor Alert Radios can expect to receive an updated alert system beginning Monday.

Madison County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) will begin mailing out new weather and chemical alert receivers to Madison County residents and businesses beginning February 24th. This project is part of continual improvements to alert and notify citizens in Madison County of community hazards and how to safely respond.

The new AlertFM units are white receivers the size of a smartphone. These will replace the Advisor Alert Radios (the big black box receivers) that currently alert residents and businesses to community emergencies. The new device features include alerting sounds, flashing lights, a digital screen, and a backup battery in a smaller, more modern receiver.

Madison County officials say packages will include all necessary pieces for set up: one receiver box with Zone label, one power cord, one power brick, one backup battery and information from Madison County EMA/CSEPP on correctly installing the AlertFM. These packages will be delivered by zone, not all at once, and will take several weeks to reach all residents and businesses across Madison County.

According to EMA/CSEPP officials, residents should receive their AlertFM system by March 31.

Receivers are only programmed for the Zone they are shipped to and should always stay with that physical address. If relocating, Madison Co. EMA/CSEPP says to leave the receiver on site for the next resident or business.

After receiving AlertFM, old Advisor Alert Radios will no longer work. These are property of the federal CSEPP program and will be recycled, at no cost to the resident. Bring the old Advisor Alert Radios to a designated recycling container at one of the following locations:

• Madison County Emergency Operations Center – 560 S. Keeneland Drive, Richmond

• Madison County Road Department North – 325 N. Madison Avenue, Richmond

• Madison County Road Department South – 208 Clarksville Lane, Richmond

• Berea Utilities – 200 Harrison Road, Berea

The Madison County EMA/CSEPP office can be reached at 859-624-4787. More information can be found at www.madisoncountyky.us/ema or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages: @MadisonCoKyEMA.

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