NHCo. to Post School Lockdowns on Twitter

Mar 26, 2012

Residents can now receive notices about public school lockdowns in New Hanover County through Twitter.

WHQR’s Jessica Ferrer reports that the changes come after five different school buildings were put on lockdown last month during two separate incidents.

New Hanover County Emergency Management and 911 Communications will be working with the school district to post lockdown notifications on Twitter through an automated process with the county’s dispatch system.

Emergency Management Director Warren Lee says the service will keep people who are near a public school on lockdown informed. His staff has already gotten requests for the service from private schools and daycare centers across the county.

Last month, Hoggard High School, Roland-Grise Middle School, and the learning center adjacent to Roland-Grise were all put on lock down after a nearby bomb threat.

Two weeks later, Williston Middle and Gregory Elementary Schools were also locked down after a call to Wilmington Police regarding shots fired near those buildings in downtown Wilmington.

Learn how to receive school lockdown notifications in New Hanover County via Twitter.

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