Kentucky Office of Homeland Security Selects InterAct MissionMode For Emergency Notification

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The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has chosen the InterAct MissionMode emergency notification and crisis management system for use during Wolf Creek Dam Renovation project. The system will be used to notify residents and tourists if there is a dam breach.

InterAct MissionMode, a leading emergency notification and crisis management system, has been purchased by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security as the emergency alert system supporting the repair project of the Wolf Creek Dam on Lake Cumberland. InterAct MissionMode will alert residents and tourist in the area in case of a dam breach. MissionMode is currently demonstrating the system at the Continuity Insights Conference in New Orleans, LA April 23-25, 2007, booth number 212.

Lake Cumberland is the third largest lake in Kentucky and the commonwealth's most popular tourist attraction. Many counties in the area depend on the thousands of visitors who trek from places far and wide to enjoy this Kentucky treasure. The Wolf Creek Dam on Lake Cumberland will be undergoing a $309 million, 7-year repair project by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' to curb seepage and reduce the potential for a breach of the earthen and concrete structure.

The average emergency notification system, often referred to as "reverse 9-1-1", enables a 9-1-1 center to send a pre-recorded message to the home phone of every resident in a specific area within minutes. However, in an era where cell phones are sometimes a resident's only phone, that phone number won't be on record, leaving no way for them to be reached.

The InterAct MissionMode database will be pre-loaded with all home phone numbers and will also enable citizens and visitors to the area to add other contact numbers they would like called in the event of a breach of the Wolf Creek Dam. The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security and Commonwealth of Kentucky website will have a form available where weekend tourists and campers will be able to register their phone number so that they will be alerted in case of an emergency. Local residents with cellular phones will be invited via a mass mailing to register their mobile number.

Recipients of an alert from InterAct MissionMode will receive an automated message with details and instruction on what to do, or where to go for more information. They can then acknowledge that the message has been received using the touch pad so that the state can track who has and has not been notified.

The state can also create targeted lists of individuals with common characteristics (such as a Neighborhood Crime Watch group or emergency responder teams) and contact them with additional information as needed.

Residents and visitors interested in registering for alerts can go to the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (http://homelandsecurity.ky.gov/) or the Commonwealth of Kentucky (http://www.kentucky.gov) websites.

About InterAct Public Safety Systems
Since 1975, InterAct Public Safety Systems has been Making Connections for Lifeā„¢ providing both stand-alone and fully integrated mission-critical public safety and homeland security systems and products. As the pioneers of the first three-screen E911 system 20 years ago, our passion for innovation is leading the way to Next Generation telephony, dispatch, records management, and mobile data systems. We're extending the definition of public safety with unique applications like intelligent digital video surveillance, alert notification, and crisis management systems. InterAct is a one-stop shop and sole point of contact for large-scale custom public safety system development. InterAct makes it possible for first responders from private, state, local and national agencies to decrease response times and increase their effectiveness in the communities they serve. Learn more at http://www.interact911.com or by calling 1-800-768-3911.

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