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Public Encouraged to Sign Up to Receive Urgent Safety Messages

By Lindsay Wochnick

The City of Portland and Multnomah County are reminding all residents to visit www.PublicAlerts.org (PublicAlerts) to sign up to receive urgent safety information.

PublicAlerts is able to send messages to landline phones, mobile phones, and email addresses. Alerts are only issued when the public needs to take action to remain safe, such as staying inside, evacuating, or boiling water.

Today (3/30) at 1 p.m., Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) Director Carmen Merlo and Multnomah County Department of County Human Services (DCHS) Director Liesl Wendt will be available to demonstrate the system and answer questions.

WHAT: PublicAlerts demonstration and media availability
WHEN: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 1-2 p.m.
WHERE: Portland Emergency Coordination Center (SE 99th Avenue and SE Powell Boulevard); please contact Dan Douthit at (503) 793-1650 for parking instructions

PublicAlerts was first launched in 2011. The system used by Portland and Multnomah County was recently improved and is now able to issue safety information in 10 languages other than English, including Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Laotian, Arabic, Romanian, Somali and Ukrainian. Residents must sign up to receive non-English messages.

When signing up, residents are also able to indicate if they may have additional needs in an emergency -- such as mobility issues or hearing or visual impairment -- or difficulty communicating with public safety responders.

Visit www.PublicAlerts.org today to sign up to receive future safety messages.

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