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County to add new emergency communication option

February 11th, 2014 - 5:30am

(Port Angeles) – In the event of a natural disaster or terrorist attack, Clallam County could roll out a new satellite-based communication service.

County commissioners are expected to this week approve a modification of contract with a company to provide the service.

Under the service, if “normal” communications go down the county could provide those services linked through a satellite. It would set up a portable, wireless network that could be used to cover specific areas where communications are needed.

The county plans to modify a contract with a private company to install equipment needed to provide the wireless communications in a number of county emergency response vehicles as well as at the emergency operations center at the courthouse. The county received a nearly 383-thousand dollar federal port security grant. Part of the money was going to be used to purchase an armored vehicle, but county officials decided to shelf that idea and use the money for the added wireless communications system.

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