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      Emergency management asks county for funds for mass notification system

      The system, called CodeRED, would notify residents of imminent threats to health and safety via phone, text message, email or social media.

      Grand Traverse County Emergency Management is asking the county for funds for an emergency mass notification system.

      The system, called CodeRED, would notify residents of imminent threats to health and safety via phone, text message, email or social media.

      The system would cost the county $25,000 if decided by the first of the year. If the first of the year passes without a commitment from the county, the cost would jump to $38,750.

      The county has proposed to pay for the system with $15,000 in payroll savings from the Emergency Manager position vacancy, as well as $10,000 from budget savings from grants received for prior years.

      Several county agencies have given "verbal partnership commitments" to offset annual costs including central dispatch, the road commission, sheriff's department and several other government departments.