Frederick Schools Eye New Safety Alert System

Schools may install wall-mounted beacons that use flashing lights, a siren and a scrolling message to deliver information

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013  |  Updated 6:57 AM EDT
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Frederick County public school officials are considering beefing up their safety alert system, including adding beacons made by Beltsville-based Alertus Technologies to the main offices of 64 schools, reports The Frederick News-Post.

The wall-mounted devices use flashing lights, a siren and a scrolling message to deliver information about events such as weather emergencies or threats to students and staff.

The school system currently uses phone calls and emails to send out alerts.

The school system and Frederick County's emergency management agency have applied for a $42,000 grant to help pay for the alarms.

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