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Friday, 15 December 2017 15:24

New Alert System Launches in St. Louis County

(TNS) - The 1992 benzene spill in Superior is a rare example of an incident that prompted Twin Ports authorities to order a mass evacuation.

But the efforts undertaken to alert the public about that hazard bear little resemblance to how a similar situation would be handled a quarter-century later, said Dewey Johnson, emergency management coordinator for St. Louis County.

"Things have changed since Toxic Tuesday," he said. "The expectation of the public is that it comes to device in your hand."

For the first time, area authorities say they have the ability to reach nearly every person in a fixed area, delivering instant information in the event of an emergency situation.