Oregon Council on Monday will consider approving a contract with One Call Now that includes a GIS mapping system that would allow the city to notify the public of emergencies or events.
The system is used by Wood County, Northwood, Millbury, Walbridge, Lake Township, the Northwestern Water and Sewer District, and Rossford.
Michael Scott, from One Call Now, presented the package at an Oregon committee of the whole meeting last Monday. Council agreed to put it on its agenda for the next Oregon council meeting.
Scott said One Call Now is an emergency call out telephonic system.
“There’s two basic sides to the product: a map based system, and a roster based system. Essentially, this is used for emergencies and non-emergencies. The map based system is there in case you need to call a particular portion of the system. For example, if you have a water boil emergency, a road closure, or a chemical spill that doesn’t involve the entire city, you’ll be able to go to that map based system, draw the area you want to contact, and it’s going to contact everyone within that particular area…via telephone,” explained Scott.
“We can make about 12,000 calls per minute, so this is a very quick system. As a matter of fact, we probably won’t call that quickly just from the standpoint we don’t want to overwhelm your telephone system here within the city. We do some studies prior to determining how quickly those calls need to go out. But rest assured, we’ll put those calls out as quickly as possible,” he said.