City renews Everbridge contract

Columbus has approved an agreement with an emergency alert notification system provider for the next three years in a partnership with Bartholomew County.

The Columbus Board of Works on Wednesday approved a contract with Everbridge that will require the city to pay 59 percent of the $25,291.57 amount annually for the next three years with the county picking up the remaining portion, said Mary Ferdon, executive director of administration and community development for the city.

The contract, which takes effect Sept. 25, reflects a 5 percent increase compared to three years ago, Ferdon said. The city’s portion will be paid out of its general fund, she said.

The notification system provided as part of a joint partnership with Bartholomew County alerts individuals who are signed up to receive information about severe weather, road closures, missing individuals and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods, according to Everbridge’s website. Individuals who are signed up to receive alerts can receive notifications by phone, text messages and e-mail.

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Matt Kent is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at 812-379-5712 or mkent@therepublic.com