What local governments pay for alert services:
The Lindy Alert service is an example of using Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Lindy Alert rents the equipment and software on an "as needed basis". Rather than having to purchase servers, rent a building, pay for the building's air condtioning, electricity, and IT personel to manage servers etc. it gets way too expensive!!! That's why DialMyCalls is an affordable alert service if we all share in the cost.
Missoula County, Montana:
Missoula pays $21,000 / year for county wide mass notifications smart 911 service through Rave Mobile. Also Smart Prepare, a.k.a "I am responding" a two way emergency service costs the county $10,000/year.
Although I'm registered with Smart 911, I never received a text warning me about an armed robbery on Guest Ranch Road only a few blocks away as I was driving by on Hwy. 83. That's because my "home" address was outside an arbitrary "polygon" drawn on a map by law enforcment. The robbery was close to where I was and ATT cell phone coverage is excellent for miles around.
So beware that Smart 911 Alerts are subjective and based on law enforcement officers or others that don't necessarily know where cell phone coveage is good or bad. They also have no way of knowing where text phone subscribers happen to be. Therefore You may or may not be alerted. The Lindy Alert will be sent to everyone that is signed up. Read about the robbery and high speed chase here: Pathfinder Article
No one had warned McKain to evacuate. She immediately called the sheriff’s office and told them her address.
“And he went, ‘get out now!’” McKain said.
Mobile County Alabma, Buys Emergency Notification System
$38,800 first year then $34,000 each subsequent year.
Summit County Colorado Reverse 911 Cost
$15,000 to set up then $1,300 / month in recurring monthly fees.
Calling All Citizens
The overall cost of a reverse 911 system varies depending on what features a department selects. Carmel, Indiana, for example, spent about $29,000 to buy and install the hardware and software. After that, the city will pay $13,700 annually. DuPage County also spent around $30,000 to install the equipment in 1996, and has since been spending around $11,000 annually. But a system can also cost as much as $69,000, which is what Austin paid to install its system this April. The city estimates it will cost about $16,000 annually.
Black Hills Pioneer
The cost is just under $7,000 a year for 12,500 minutes, said Rafferty.
Note: It's diffficult to find out what counties pay for reverse 911 or alert services. Very little is published on the internet.