Thursday, October 13, 2011

Testing, Testing, Testing: The 2 Million OC Alerts

Posted by CotoBlogzz

Rancho Santa Margarita – According to the Orange County Sheriff’s (OCSD) department, more than two million Orange County residents will receive a call on Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. to test the County’s regional mass notification system known as AlertOC.

This second annual regional test of the system will include 29 participating cities and the
county’s unincorporated areas.

The AlertOC drill on Oct. 20 will replicate a large scale, multi-jurisdictional emergency requiring
thousands of numbers to be called simultaneously across Orange County’s entire region. The
phone message will urge all residents to prepare for real-life emergencies by registering their
cell numbers, text numbers and e-mail addresses at for the best chance to
receive vital, timely information when away from home.

As part of the AlertOC drill, the county’s emergency public information hotline will be activated
from 5 – 7 p.m. to provide preparedness tips and other emergency-related information.

Community members are invited to call (714) 628-7085 with questions on how to adequately
prepare their home or business for any emergency.

For more information or to register alternate phone numbers, visit
Commuters are reminded to be safe and use hands-free devices when talking on the phone
and driving.

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