City of Lynchburg Shopping for Reverse 911 System

Lynchburg, VA- In case of an emergency, Lynchburg residents have a place to call and seek help. But now, the city is trying to put a system in place that allows them to call you in an emergency.

The city wants to get a reverse 911 system. The idea was swept to the top of the city's to-do list after the derecho back in 2012. It's looking even more probable after receiving a grant from FEMA.

Officials are shopping for the right system now, but hope to find one that covers land lines, cell phones, and email.

"It's one more way to get important information out to citizens," said JoAnn Martin, Director of Lynchburg's Communications & Marketing.

We're told the system will only be used for emergencies, to notify residents of inclement weather, or boil water advisories.The city hopes to have the system up and running by the end of the year.