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Clackamas County rolls out new emergency notification system posted on 09/01/2018

Clackamas County Disaster Management Outreach and Technology Coordinator Jamie Poole remembered in 2011 when the Clackamas County Emergency Notification System pushed out messages to Mountain residents during the Dollar Lake Fire. But that system, which can notify area residents with important information about disasters and other events, became obsolete on Sept. 1, with the implementation of an upgraded system, #ClackCo Public Alerts, and Mountain residents are highly encouraged to sign up to receive messages via text, phone and email.

“We want as many people to register as quickly as possible,” Poole said, adding that the county had just monitored a three-alarm brush fire in Eagle Creek in case evacuations were needed.

“It’s not Big Brother,” added Hoodland Fire Chief John Ingrao, noting that messages will be limited to critical information about events including flooding, fires and other emergency responses. “Its use is an automated form to get critical info out in a timely manner.”

Those who enrolled in the old system will not be carried over and will need to reenroll at www.clackamas.us/publicalerts.

Important messages that could be relayed include notices to evacuate, shelter-in-place, shelter locations and other extremely important information. The county will not use any registered #ClackCo Public Alerts contact information for anything other than these emergency notifications.

Poole recommended that each family member create their own account to receive messages, while users can set a priority list for what device receives the messages first (once acknowledged, messages will not be sent to other devices). Users can also edit their information, while the system is location based (so users who frequent one address on the mountain, including part-time residents, should also enroll).

More information can be found at www.clackamas.us/dm.

By Garth Guibord/MT

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