The City of Portland on Thursday (9/5) will conduct a test of its community emergency notification system in Hazelwood neighborhood as part of National Preparedness Month. The system is one of several communication tools used by Portland to alert the public in an emergency to stay inside or evacuate an area.
The test will go out to 11,000 households and businesses via landline telephone, and others who have previously registered their cell phone or email address with the website http://www.publicalerts.org. The message will be provided in English, Spanish and Russian to test the system’s ability to reach non-English speakers. Hazelwood was deliberately selected for the test because of the large number of Spanish and Russian speakers in the neighborhood.
Hazelwood residents can help the City during the test by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the time the message was received, or posting to Twitter with the hashtag #hazelwoodtest.
Residents throughout Portland and Multnomah County are encouraged to visit http://www.publicalerts.org/signup to sign up to receive future notifications by landline telephone, cell phone or email. Please contact 503-823-4375 with any questions.