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The City of Portland, Oregon

Office of Management & Finance

Bureau of Technology Services

BTS HelpDesk: 503-823-5199

1120 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 1111, Portland, OR 97204

Public Alerts is a site built for and managed by PBEM, the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management that aggregates alerts from twitter and other sources. It then displays the alerts which can then be filtered or searched on the site. also contains alert information from FlashAlerts as well as other safety information from the Portland metropolitan region. is externally hosted in the cloud, allowing for a high availability / high redundancy solution with servers located on both the West and East coasts.

For more information regarding testing of, please see

High-level Requirements:

  • High capacity, elastic response to resources
  • High availability, high redundancy
  • Support for mobile

image of Public Alerts

Technologies Used:

  • Drupal Based site
  • Externally hosted enterprise virtual servers, located on West coast (Seattle), mirrored on the East coast (Washington, D.C.)
  • Twitter Bootstrap Mobile friendly framework