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'One Call Now' updated

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By The Staff

Taylor Countians with caller ID will now know when they receive a call from Campbellsville/Taylor County's emergency alert system.

One Call Now alerts will appear on caller ID systems as "Emergency Alert," according to Ronnie Dooley, Taylor County Emergency Management public information coordinator.

Before, calls appeared on caller IDs as out-of-town calls. Dooley said many people mistook them as telemarketers and did not take the calls.

Cell phone users will see the call as "(270) 465-8371," Dooley said, and need to simply save the number to their contacts under the name "Emergency Alert."

One Call Now is used to alert residents of various emergencies such as tornado warnings, severe thunderstorms with a possibility of destructive winds and winter storms, if a large amount of snowfall is expected.

One Call Now can send out a pre-recorded message to as many as 5,000 phone numbers per minute.

Taylor County residents with published landline telephone numbers were automatically included in the One Call Now database. Each household and business can provide up to six additional numbers, including cell phones, complete with area codes, Dooley said. To sign up, contact the 911 center at 465-8000.

Dooley said a Web site that will allow residents to sign up is currently in the works.