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Maryville Derailment Emphasizes Cell Phone Notification
Residents encouraged to sign up all non-landline numbers
The July 2nd train derailment in Maryville, TN, where a CSX train car loaded with hazardous material jumped the tracks and caught fire, provides a lesson to all communities about emergency notification in the event of disaster.
The incident resulted in the release of the toxic chemical Acrylonitrile, requiring the rapid evacuation of 5,000 residents. Local officials have said that some residents did not get the reverse 911 call because they don't have a landline. Since internet-based phones (like Comcast, Skype, and MagicJack) and cell phones are NOT automatically included in high-speed emergency notification systems, residents must take action to ensure these lines are registered.
In Brentwood, Franklin, and Williamson County, the situation is the same. Landline customers (United Telephone, AT&T) already have their numbers in the system, but cell phones and those with Comcast or other internet-based phones lines do not.
Thankfully, the process for registering is simple. A link with more information about how to register is included here.
Let's stay safe, Brentwood. Register your phones today!