Jonesboro, LA developing emergency alert system

JONESBORO, La. (KNOE) - Jonesboro, LA is developing its own emergency alert system to keep residents of the small town up-to-date with breaking news.

Courtesy: KNOE 8 News
Courtesy: KNOE 8 News

"We need to move with the times. We kind of are behind," says Alfrieda Bell. "We need to be able to react also, just like the other towns. So, I think it's great we're gonna have this."

The mayor of Jonesboro, James E. Bradford, says the town is filled with old infrastructure, buildings and roads, and its only newspaper is published on a weekly basis.

"In a town like Jonesboro, with old infrastructure and things of that sort and not up-to-date with the 21st century... you constantly have a main water line that breaks or a blowout here or there," Bradford says.

The CodeRed system will alert residents through text message, e-mail or a phone call about the water system, road construction or even the weather.

"They won't have to call here, or call me at home," says Bradford. "We're trying to become 21st century-minded."

The alert system will begin with a trial-run but should be in full-effect by July 1st.

To sign up for Jonesboro's alert system, visit Jonesboro Town Hall or find the online form in our 'related links' section.