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multcoem
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« on: June 07, 2011, 11:48:22 AM »

PublicAlerts.org

Multnomah County, in partnership with the City of Portland, has instituted a countywide emergency notification system that will be able to send text and telephone notifications to residents and businesses within Multnomah County impacted by, or in danger of being impacted by, an emergency or significant event. This system will be used by emergency response personnel to notify those homes and businesses at risk with information on the event and/or actions (such as evacuation) we are asking them to take.

Subscribers to this system will receive emergency alerts via e-mail, phone call or text/SMS messages when the associated address will be impacted by an emergency.

The system is preprogrammed with published landline phone numbers from phone company records. However, unless you register additional or alternate contact information, it cannot contact your e-mail address, mobile phone, internet (VoIP) phone or landline phone provided by a cable TV carrier.

If you do not have a landline phone, or want alternate notifications, you will need to register your:

E-mail address
Mobile phone
Internet phone (i.e. Voice over Internet Protocol [VoIP] phone)
Other landline (local telephone company published landline numbers will already be part of the database)

You can access this service online at http://www.publicalerts.org
You can also follow PublicAlerts.org on Twitter @PublicAlerts.

FlashAlert News

Many local agencies, companies and schools use the FlashAlert News to send out messages about their services during inclement weather and other emergencies.  You can sign up at http://www.flashalert.net.  With your account you can choose who you would like to receive alerts from and how you would like to receive the alerts.  Some agencies are email only and some have a text message option as well.  This service is free for the public to use and is paid for by subscriptions from the agencies who use it. 

Local TV and Radio

EAS or Emergency Alert System messages are broadcast over TV and radio.  These messages come with a noticeable audible alert tone and information that scrolls across the television screen. These alerts include immediate emergency information such as severe weather alerts or other emergencies that may require immediate action in your area.  Also, your local TV and radio stations also broadcast important information during emergencies such as closures and instructions from local emergency agencies. 

Thanks and you can also follow us on Twitter @multcoem or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MultcoEM
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