County Urges Residents to Register Mobile Phones for Emergency Alerts
November 14, 2014
Placer County is urging residents to register mobile phones for Placer Alert, the county’s new state-of-the-art emergency mass notification system.
The system already has listed and unlisted landline phone numbers supplied by telephone companies. To receive emergency alerts on mobile phones, though, the public must register them online at Placer Alert.
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office, County Office of Emergency Services and other public safety agencies throughout the county use Placer Alert to notify the public of wildfires, severe weather, unexpected road closures, evacuations, missing persons and other public-safety issues. Placer Alert uses a system called Everbridge that Placer County acquired in partnership with Sacramento and Yolo counties.
By registering mobile devices, residents can ensure they receive alerts through landline telephones, mobile phones, e-mails and text messages.
Placer Alert allows each household to register as many as five addresses. That is important if residents want to receive emergency alerts that affect several locations – their homes and perhaps workplaces, children’s schools, and parents’ homes.
County officials urge the public to enter landline telephone numbers when they register mobile devices to ensure their landline numbers are in the system.