Following last week's citywide emergency notification test, Portland Mayor Sam Adams urges residents to register their cell phone numbers (for voice and text messages) and email addresses at PublicAlerts.org.
Following last week’s citywide emergency notification test, Portland Mayor Sam Adams today urged residents to register their cell phone numbers (for voice and text messages) and email addresses at PublicAlerts.org. During the test, vendor First Call needed twice as long as it predicted to push voice messages through the local phone system. By contrast, the emails and text messages it sent were delivered rapidly. To receive those timely alerts, one must sign up at PublicAlerts.org.
“During a major emergency, quickly-delivered, geographically-tailored alerts can save lives. But we can’t protect you with this technology unless you provide us with your cell phone number for text messages and your email address,” said Mayor Adams. All the information provided during PublicAlerts.org registration is kept private and confidential. It will be used only for emergency notifications, he added.
The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) has initiated conversations with First Call and local telephone service provider CenturyLink to determine the feasibility of reaching landline and cell phones more quickly during future notifications. [more]
Weather system is forecast to move through the area late Friday and during the day Saturday, bringing a good amount of precipitation and lowering snow levels.
National Weather Service: weather system is forecast to move through the area late Friday and during the day Saturday, bringing a good amount of precipitation and lowering snow levels.
This will bring SNOW to the Cascades, as well as down below mountain pass levels by Saturday and continuing through the weekend.
Those planning travel out of lower elevations and up into the Coast Range and Cascades should pay attention to the weather, and be prepared for winter driving conditions. KNOW YOUR ROUTE AND HAVE A PLAN!
During a civil disturbance in NE Portland today the City's community emergency notification system reached 296 landline and cell phones.
During a civil disturbance in NE Portland today - and at the request of the Portland Police Bureau - the Bureau of Emergency Communications (BOEC) activated the City's community emergency notification system operated by private vendor First Call.
The activation was a success, sending voice alerts to a combined 296 landline and cell phones, text alerts to four cell phones and a total of six emails. All told, the delivery of these messages to a geographically targeted group of impacted neighbors took just two minutes, 46 seconds. Important reminder: only by registering your contact information at PublicAlerts.org can you be reached with emergency notifications via cell phone messages and text messages.
News story posted on seattletimes.com February 19, 2012.
Editorial posted on oregonlive.com February 20, 2012.