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NWS: Winter Weather Returns

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!

Mayor urges Portlanders to sign up at PublicAlerts.org following citywide notification test

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]

PBEM: Mayor urges Portlanders to sign up at PublicAlerts.org following citywide notification test (2-15-2012)

Press release from the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management issued February 15, 2012.

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.

 

During the test held at 11:00 a.m. last Thursday (2/9/12), First Call delivered 320,637 voice messages, 2,430 text messages and 5,360 emails to devices within city limits. The last voice message was delivered at 5:50 p.m. that day. If you had already signed up at PublicAlerts.org but did not receive a test message Thursday, send an email to PublicAlerts@portlandoregon.gov with your name and phone number and the city will research the cause of the problem. 

 

While First Call’s notification system is a useful tool for communicating specific alerts to specific audiences, it is not intended as the primary means for reaching a mass audience quickly. For that, the city relies on the Emergency Alert System, traditional broadcast media, social media and other communication channels.

Photos of Japan rebuilding 11 months after the earthquake and tsunami

See below for a story by Michael Higgins with photos by Zoran Bozicevic from from the National Post updated February 14, 2012.

Japan rebuilding picturesSee below for a story by Michael Higgins with photos by Zoran Bozicevic from from the National Post updated February 14, 2012.

Japan’s Reconstruction Agency will be inaugurated Friday, almost 11 months after an earthquake and tsunami devastated the country. The agency will streamline the process to help municipalities, set up special reconstruction zones and provide subsidies for disaster-hit local governments.

  • 245 — Cost in billions of dollars of the post disaster reconstruction package.
  • 15,846 — Number of dead.
  • 3,320 — People still missing.
  • 2 — Number of missing people found dead this year.
  • 240 — Number of orphans in the three most severely affected prefectures, Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima.
  • 16 — Million tons of disaster waste in Miyagi Prefecture, one of the hardest hit areas of Japan.

Click here to read the full story and view before and after photos from the earthquake and tsunami.