Alert System in Hagerstown Close to Ready | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Alert System in Hagerstown Close to Ready

Play associated audio

A system to alert residents of any escapes from a state prison in Hagerstown, Maryland is nearly in place. The existing emergency notification system at the Maryland Correctional Institution-Hagerstown came under question after a convicted murderer escaped in January. Prison authorities say a siren was sounded, but some residents of the area say they didn't hear it. The siren was later tested and modified in April. Now the state Division of Correction says the new warning system is nearly ready to go. The prison's executive staff was trained on using it earlier this week. A spokesman tells the Herald-Mail newspaper the system involves a variety of communication forms but says people living near the prison will have to sign up to receive notifications in the event of an escape.

Natalie Neumann has the details...

NPR

An 'Epilogue' That Makes Sense Of The Chaos Of Memory

In his episodic memoir, Will Boast meets the siblings he never knew while navigating family deaths and secrets. Critic Ellah Allfrey finds Epilogue conceptually ambitious, but lacking in execution.
NPR

Giving Chickens Bacteria ... To Keep Them Antibiotic-Free

What does it take to get chickens off antibiotics? According to Perdue Farms, an added dose of the "good bacteria" known as probiotics can help crowd out the harmful microbes that make a chicken sick.
NPR

Why Did Congress Kick The Can On Funding Islamic State Mission?

The president got approval for his plan to train and equip Syrian opposition fighters, but lawmakers didn't approve funds to pay for it or the broader air campaign.
NPR

Some Tech Firms Capitalize On Privacy

Steve Henn of NPR's Planet Money team profiles some entrepreneurs who are working on a novel business model to start up a new tech company. It's pay for service. What a concept.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.