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BRIEF: Bedford County asks for cellphone numbers to expand emergency alert system

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[December 04, 2012]

BRIEF: Bedford County asks for cellphone numbers to expand emergency alert system

Dec 04, 2012 (The Roanoke Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- In an effort to update its emergency notification system, Bedford County authorities today said they're expanding the program to include cellphones.

The move was initiated as the number of people using cellphones exclusively has increased. People can register their phone numbers with the county to receive alerts for forest fires, hazardous waste spills and car crashes, among other things.

Robin Sundquist, a grant writer at the Bedford County Sheriff's Office, said a Virginia Department of Emergency Management grant covered half the cost of the $19,000 expansion.

People with landline phones, even those with unlisted numbers, are already in the database, authorities said.

To register, visit the Bedford County Sheriff's Office website or call 586-4800, ext. 4015.

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