“With the threat of terrorism and pandemic illness looming over our communities, we in government need to make sure that our communities are prepared and protected,” began Hughes. “In the first two years of my administration I have made protecting the health and safety of our citizens a top priority. As I stand before you today, Mercer County is safer and more prepared than ever before.”
Hughes announced several public safety initiatives, including a countywide Reverse 911 emergency notification system, a countywide emergency radio system linking County and Municipal first responders, expansion of the County Environmental Health Agency (CEHA), creation of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and creation of emergency preparedness brochures which will be distributed to citizens countywide.
After his comments, Hughes demonstrated a simulation of a missing child alert on the Reverse 911 system and led attendees on a tour of homeland security equipment that Mercer County has purchased for County and Municipal first responder units.