|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
“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