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Myrtle Beach seeks grant for new emergency mass communication system

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) — City leaders in Myrtle Beach are working on a new way to alert you to not just major emergencies, but also minor dilemmas, like boil water advisories.

The city council voted in favor of a grant application for a new emergency communication system.

The primary function would be to notify residents of severe weather conditions, and everything from active shooters to power outages to special events could be sent as text to townspeople.

The city has had mass messaging systems in the past, but what’s different with this one is that the information is customizable, so they could target certain parts of the city where people would be most affected.

For example, we’ve had a lot of boil water advisories lately, especially on Ocean Boulevard.

With this new service, the city could text people living just in that area to let them know what’s going on.

This could also apply to residential road closures or special events impacting traffic in a certain area – whatever people sign up they would like to receive.

It’s not done yet, the city is looking for a grant to pay for it.

They’ll likely find out whether or not they get it in the next few weeks, so we should have more information on everything the new system can do soon.

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