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Funder proposes warning system

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WHITEVILLE, N.C. — The Community Foundation of Southeastern North Carolina has offered to pay for a Reverse 911 Early Warning System to serve all residents and business in Columbus County.

The foundation proposed a three-year grant to the county to fund a system that will send telephone messages alerting residents of natural or man-made disasters, with the goal of giving them more time to reach safety.

The $30,000 grant will cover all start-up costs for the first year, half the costs for the second year and 25 percent for the third year.

The grant is a response to the tornado that touched down in the Riegelwood community in 2006, killing seven people.

The proposal comes on the heels of a $42,000 grant the Wilmington-based funder awarded to Acme Delco Riegelwood Fire Rescue to purchase a mass-casualty trauma unit.

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