Port of Mobile looks to install mass-notification system

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MOBILE, Alabama — The Alabama State Port Authority on Tuesday hired a consultant to help create a mass-notification system for businesses at the Port of Mobile.

The authority has received a grant that would cover about 75 percent of the $500,000 cost of installing such a system, said the port’s Executive Director Jimmy Lyons.

The system would send alerts by a number of methods, including text messages, automated phone calls and emails, should emergency situations arise at the port, he said.

The system can be tailored so that it would just notify people on properties close to the accident if the threat is minor, he said.

The authority will pay IntraMetrix Consulting Inc. $39,500 to oversee the implementation of the service. 

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