Have You Registered for Reverse 9-1-1 Emergency Alerts? You Might Be Surprised.
2012-08-09 · By Editor
Are you registered with the Long Beach Reverse 9-1-1 Emergency Notification System? It may surprise you, but the answer might be ‘No.’ Only landline telephone numbers are automatically added to the system. If you use a mobile phone, then you need to register your number if you want to receive emergency alerts.
“The recent minor earthquakes serve as an important reminder to be prepared,” said Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, who is also the Chair of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee. “We need all residents to register for REVERSE 9-1-1 so that we can contact them in case of a natural disaster or emergency.”
In 2006 the City implemented a Reverse 9-1-1 system to augment its emergency notification capabilities by sending emergency announcements to Long Beach residents and businesses via telephone. Reverse 9-1-1 announcements can also reach cell phones, TTY/TDD service or Internet phone service, but the numbers must be registered first.
Since some residents only have cell phones, and an emergency may occur when most are at work, registering cell phones in the REVERSE 9-1-1 system is extremely important.
“I’ve registered my cell phone, and it only takes 2 minutes,” said Vice Mayor Garcia.
The Reverse 9-1-1 Emergency Notification System uses mapping technologies and the 9-1-1 infrastructure data to convey official emergency warnings, guidance or updates throughout the City, or to a targeted area that could benefit from information about a public safety incident, such as a hazardous materials spill or dangerous conditions caused by an earthquake.
Residents can register for REVERSE 9-1-1 at http://www.longbeach.gov/R911/.
In the event of a major emergency, the City of Long Beach will continue to communicate pertinent information through its Website, www.longbeach.gov; Cable TV Channel 8; radio station KKJZ FM 88.1; and through press releases issued to radio and television news outlets.