FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUGUST 13, 2014 —
The City of West Sacramento and the Yolo County Office of Emergency Services are joining with other agencies in Yolo, Sacramento and Placer counties in a “mass notification system to alert residents about emergency events and other important community news, the agencies say. The system is meant to enable officials to get information out quickly “when there is a threat to the health and safety of residents.”
The notification database already includes all of the listed and unlisted landline telephone numbers in Yolo, Placer and Sacramento counties serviced by AT&T and Verizon.
To ensure residents receive emergency notices in a timely manner, both at work and home, residents are encouraged to log onto the system and provide other contact options such as home phone numbers not serviced by AT&T or Verizon, cellular and work phone numbers, and email, TTY device and instant messaging information. All information will be kept strictly confidential, the agencies promise.
Contact information for work and home in all three counties can be added to the database through any of the following web pages:
• YoloCounty.org (link at the bottom of the homepage).
Alerts and notifications that residents might receive through this system include time-sensitive messages about flooding, levee failures, severe weather, disaster events, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings and neighborhoods in specific geographic locations.
This new emergency notifications system by Everbridge was made possible through a grant from the California Office of Emergency Services and is supported by the State.
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