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People with disabilities urged to sign up now for emergency public alerts

Graphic of Public Safety Alerts handbill.

Above: Graphic of Public Safety Alerts handbill.

 

Sign up now for public alerts about emergencies
Be informed concerning local emergency and safety notifications

The joint City of Portland and Multnomah County community emergency notification system is able to send phone, text/SMS and email alerts to addresses within Multnomah County. Emergency responders use the system to notify residents and businesses affected during an emergency. Their alerts often suggest safety actions such as staying inside or evacuating.

Everyone in Portland and Multnomah County should register to receive notifications at PublicAlerts.org. Consider filling out the Additional Needs Registry section if you have difficulty with one or more of the following activities: getting around inside your home; getting in or out of bed or a chair; bathing; dressing; eating; seeing; hearing; speaking; thinking; understanding; lifting/carrying; using stairs; and walking.

By voluntarily including information about a disability or medical condition when signing up, you will:

  • Receive warnings when an emergency happens and action you can take
  • Provide your information to the 9-1-1 system
  • Share this information with public safety responders in a major disaster
  • Support local efforts to develop more inclusive emergency plans
  • Get occasional emails with additional emergency preparedness information

Visit publicalerts.org/signup or call 503-988-3646 to sign up for the alerts. Include your disability or medical condition under the Additional Needs section. Your information will only be used for emergency and disaster-related efforts. Emergency management officials use the information to ensure plans reflect the needs and demographics of the community.

Every emergency is different. Public safety responders may be unable to get to or use PublicAlerts information in the event of an emergency. Please talk to family and your support network to develop a personal emergency plan. Visit the Portland Disability Program’s “Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities” website to learn more and find additional resources to be prepared for an emergency.