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Authorities will call you in a crisis such as a flood; you can register cell phones & other devices

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:

•    Yolo-Alert.org
•    Placer-Alert.org
•    Sacramento-Alert.org
•    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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Yolo jail inmate dies in custody

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE  — MAY 20, 2013 —

The Yolo County Sheriff’s Department reported today that an inmate died on Saturday while in custody at the county jail in Woodland.

The man, 29-year old Todd Alexander Phillips, was in custody since April 12 “for various felony and misdemeanor offenses,” said a statement from Lieutenant Dale Johnson of the sheriff’s office.

A correctional officer noticed Phillips was “agitated and upset” at about 12:49 p.m. that afternoon.

“Phillips was lying on the side of his bed having labored breathing,” according to Johnson. “He was placed in restraints for safety reasons. Medical staff inside the facility was notified and responded and they immediately notified emergency medical personnel from outside the facility. Phillips was transported to the Woodland Memorial Hospital. Ultimately, efforts to revive Phillips failed, and he was pronounced dead at the hospital.”

[adrotate group=”9″] The sheriff’s office will further investigate, reported Johnson.

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Woman apparently drowns in car while calling 911 for help

NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 20, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

A West Sacramento woman called 911 as her car went into the river on the morning of March 13, but rescuers weren’t able to locate the sinking car until it was too late.

The woman was identified as Mussarat Parveen Chaudhary, 58.

According to various media reports, Chaudhary was driving her Toyota Camry back from a job at Cache Creek Casino Resort shortly after 8:10 a.m. She phoned her daughter to say the car’s brakes weren’t working properly. The call disconnected, but Chaudhary then called 911 to report – speaking Punjabi – that the car was in the river. Dispatchers scrambled to find a translator.

[adrotate group=”7″]  The West Sacramento Fire Department reports that a rescue boat and fire crews joined the CHP and Yolo County sheriff’s department, responding to the Elkhorn area north of West Sacramento.

“In route, dispatch advised all units that the driver of the vehicle was talking to dispatch as the vehicle was sinking,” said a fire department press release.

Firefighters couldn’t see the car, but borrowed a private boat and started searching. Firefighters in “dry suits” also went into the river.

At about 10 a.m., with no sign of the victim’s car, the operation went from “rescue” mode to “recovery” mode. Fire crews left the scene while CHP and DART (the Drowning and Accident Rescue Team divers) kept looking.

“Ultimately, the vehicle was located and a body was recovered approximately six hours later and ¼ mile downstream by DART,” said the fire department.

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Beware of fake text message offers

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 2, 2012 –

The office of Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig says it has received complaints about some text message scams making the rounds.

One in particular starts with “Dear Walmart Shopper,” and promises a $1,000 gift card. Another says “Apple is looking for people to Test & Keep the New iPad 3!” Both ask you to click on a link or go to a website.

[adrotate group=”7″]   They amount to a trick trying to get personal information from victims.

“We strongly encourage you to delete the text message,” said a D.A.’s office representative.

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