On Oct. 21 at 10:15 am, Sacramento, Placer and Yolo counties will test the local emergency alert system. The test will be inclusive of those that have opted into the local Emergency Alert system (cell, landline and email) and the residential landlines in the 911 data system.
The test alert will be in conjunction with the “Great Shakeout Earthquake drill.” ShakeOut encourages everyone to talk about and take steps to prepare for earthquakes and other emergencies. The test alert will display on phones as 833-422-5253 – residents can now save this number in their phone as “Emergency Alert” so they recognize critical alerts from now on.
Residents that are not already registered in the alert database may register at Sacramento-Alert.org, Placer-Alert.org
, depending on where they work, live or have children in school and want to receive alerts. Residents can sign up for multiple addresses/devices in order to cover every geographical location they wish to receive alerts. Residents may also download the Everbridge App on either Apple or Google Play stores to receive push-alert notifications through the app, once registered.
Alerts will be received on the medium that the resident has opted into – recorded messages for phone calls (both cell and landline) and text-based messages for text and email alerts. Reverse 911 landline technology will contact residents with a landline with a recorded message, regardless of their “opt-in” status.
The alert system is a vital tool used to alert residents of dangers, evacuations and other critical information to their safety during an emergency. The regional Everbridge System is an “opt-in,” address-based system that allows for more precise geographical targeted alerts.
In Sacramento County, resident alerts will come either from the County, if they live in the unincorporated county, or from their jurisdictional city. The test will replicate a large-scale multi-jurisdictional emergency requiring thousands of numbers to be called simultaneously across the region.
The goal of the alert is to test the capacity of the system, educate the public on the need for the alert, and encourage residents to opt-in to receive the alert.