On Thursday (9/4), the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) will test the PublicAlerts system in the Hayden Island Neighborhood. The system is one of several methods used by Portland in an emergency to share urgent safety actions, such as staying inside or evacuating an area. Most recently PublicAlerts was used to help notify residents during a citywide boil water notice in May.
The test message will go out to over 600 Hayden Island households and businesses by landline telephone, and others who have previously signed up by visiting the website www.publicalerts.org. Residents must register at www.publicalerts.org to receive the message on a mobile phone or by email.
Hayden Island residents can help during the test by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the time the message is received, or posting to Twitter with the hashtag #haydenislandtest.
All residents throughout Portland and Multnomah County are encouraged to visit www.publicalerts.org to sign up to receive future messages by landline telephone, mobile phone or email.
September is also National Preparedness Month, serving as a reminder to keep one week or more of supplies on hand, to make an emergency plan, and to become informed about hazards in the area. Visit PBEM’s website at www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem for tips on how to prepare homes and businesses before disaster strikes.
PBEM’s mission is to protect lives, property and the environment through a coordinated and responsive emergency management program. PBEM works before, during and after emergencies to minimize the impacts on the community and promote a culture of resiliency.