Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Weekly Tip - Emergency Mass Notification through ALERT LA

In 2009, Los Angeles County officials announced the implementation of an emergency mass notification system to alert residents and businesses by phone, text, and e-mail of emergencies in their area.

Called Alert LA County, the system will allow the Sheriff's Emergency Communications Center to activate local and regional alerts by drawing the boundaries of the area to be notified on a computer map. Recorded and written alerts will provide information on the nature of the emergency and necessary actions, such as evacuations.

The County's 7.1 million land-line phone numbers are programmed into the mass notification system, but the public must register Voice over IP lines, cell phones and e-mail addresses. Registration of this information can be done on the County's Alert website. Each telephone number and e-mail can be associated with only one street address.

Use the link above to register your information. It only takes a couple of minutes to complete the form. In addition to Alert LA County, the Arcadia Police Department also uses Nixle to make community notification in the event of emergencies. Nixle is a "community wire" that allows our agency to share community information, crime alerts, traffic advisories, and much more with folks living, working, and visiting our City. We encourage you to sign-up for Nixle messaging from APD in addition to your participation in Alert LA County.

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