This Friday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m., the Monett 911 Communications Center will conduct a test of its "Flood Notification System."
According to Monett Emergency Management Director Bonnie Witt-Schulte, the flood notification system is an automated system that was initiated by the Monett 911 Center to notify businesses and homeowners located in flood prone areas when there is a strong possibility of flooding in the area of their business or home.
Flooding assessments, according to Witt-Schulte, are based on observations by law enforcement, fire personnel and the National Weather Service.
"Every effort is made to make notifications in a timely manner," stated Witt-Schulte in a press release that was issued yesterday. "However, it is also important for business owners and homeowners to be aware of weather forecasts and rainfall amounts so that they allow themselves as much time as possible to prepare for flood events."
This past Saturday night, the flood notification system was initiated at 7 p.m. The notification alerted business and home owners that Kelly Creek was at three feet and additional heavy rainfall was forecasted, which would likely result in flooding. Those who received the alert were also told to take action to protect their property.
Witt-Schulte reviewed the call log for Saturday night's alert and found that many individuals on the list did not answer their call. The system attempts notification three times and then goes to the next number on the notification list.
According to Witt-Schulte, the system tracks all calls and also documents whether the calls are answered by a person or a machine and if the line was busy.
By testing the flood notification system on Friday, the Monett 911 Communications Center hopes to use the test to update its database.
Any business owner or homeowner whose property is located in a flood prone area may be included on the system and is asked to contact the Monett 911 Center at 235-4241 if they are not already part of the database.
Those who are part of the flood notification system should expect to receive a call during Friday morning's test. Anyone who does not receive a call should contact the 911 Center to update their information. The system is capable of calling local and long distance numbers as well as cell phone numbers.
For more information about the flood notification system, call Witt-Schulte at 235-4241.