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Fatal Flaw: Why 911 centers are behind on tracking cell phone users

911 Call Centers Behind on GPS Tracking

If you call 911 from a cell phone, there's a chance help may not be able to find you.

Hamilton County's Executive Director for Emergency Communications John Stuermer says less than half of calls made from a cell phone actually give your location.

"People should be concerned and we in the industry are very frustrated," Stuermer said.

When you call 911 from a landline it will show your exact address and phone number.

When cell phones became popular in the 1990's Stuermer says it made finding people difficult.

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Fire destroys house in Rock Spring

A house in Rock Spring in Walker County was destroyed by fire Monday night, Jan. 25.

According to Walker County Emergency Services fire marshal and assistant fire chief Waymond Westbrook, firefighters were dispatched to the residence in the 700 block of Peavine Road at 8:43 p.m. The residence has a Ringgold address, but is considered part of Rock Spring.

Read More. (Northwest Georgia News)

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UPDATE: 1 taken to burn center after chemical accident at Dalton, Ga. plant

UPDATE: The affected area has been reopened. The actual release area was limited to the immediate area of the facility, according to Dalton police.

The shelter-in-place advisory has been canceled.

One person who was exposed to the chemical was put through decontamination and transported to the burn center in Augusta after apparently inhaling the chemical, police said in a news release. No word is available on his condition.

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Ringgold welcomes emergency warning system

Ringgold emergency warning system

Ringgold took a big step in emergency safety on Monday, July 8, when the city council unanimously agreed to implement a newly launched countywide mass warning system.

The new Catoosa County Citizens Alert System will be a way to better warn citizens of inclement weather and natural disasters such as the 2011 tornado that ravaged the area.

“It’s a way for all the agencies and the cities in the county to work together to get vital information to citizens,” said Clarence Muse, deputy director for the Catoosa County Emergency Management Agency (EMA).

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Catoosa County Emergency Management Urges Participation in National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency’s Ready Georgia campaign and Catoosa County EMA are encouraging residents to take simple, but important, preparedness steps in honor of National Preparedness Month this September.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready America campaign, National Preparedness Month was founded to increase awareness and encourage action for emergency preparedness nationwide.

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