|News Release||City of Long Beach Public Information Office|
333 W. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||PRESS RELEASE #CM: 091906|
|Subject :||‘Reverse 9-1-1’ Emergency Notification System Will Augment Long Beach Emergency Communication Capabilities|
|Contact :||Sandy Taylor, Manager, Infrastructure Services Bureau, Technology Services Department 570.6776|
|Long Beach residents and businesses will receive telephone emergency announcements through a “Reverse 9-1-1” system that the City is implementing to augment its emergency notification capabilities. Reverse 9-1-1 announcements can also reach cell phones, TTY/TDD service or Internet phone service, but the numbers must be registered first.|
The Reverse 9-1-1 Emergency Notification System can use 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.
“The City of Long Beach is implementing this service to be as proactive as possible during an emergency,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “We strongly urge everybody to take note of this service, and to register telephones that are not traditional landlines.”
With targeting calling, the system can make approximately 5,700 calls per hour. There is no cost for placing the calls. For a major incident in which the City would need to place a large number of calls in a short time period, the City can place up to approximately 360,000 phone calls per hour.
“The ability of this system to make phone calls in a targeted area is especially useful because we anticipate that in most cases only a portion of the City would need to be contacted,” said Curtis Tani, Director of Technology Services. “We can pinpoint a specific neighborhood in the City and alert the residents about a public safety incident that might affect them.”
All landline telephone numbers in Long Beach are automatically in the system. Those with cell phones, TTY/TDD service or Internet phone service must register for the notifications.
“This system is an extension of the City’s 9-1-1 emergency system, and it will enhance the City’s ability to communicate with residents during a public safety incident,” Police Chief Anthony Batts said.
“This is one more tool in the City’s toolkit for communicating with residents during emergencies,” Fire Chief David Ellis said. “Still, there’s no substitute for preparedness. We all know that it’s a matter of when, not if, a significant disaster will strike, and it’s vitally important for everybody to prepare to survive for five days on their own.”
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.
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