Lehigh County introduces Reverse 911 system to alert residents
Mar 13, 2013 (The Morning Call (Allentown - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Lehigh County Emergency Services has announced they have created a Reverse 911 system, which calls residents in case of an emergency that affects the entire county.
Residents and businesses who have landline phone connections through Verizon, Frontier, and Ironton are automatically included in the notification system, which is free. Others using other providers or devices are encouraged to sign-up for the notification.
In case of an emergency, the county's emergency services may contact residents and businesses that may that may impact their safety or warrant community notification. The system will dial each telephone number registered within the affected area and provide a recorded message with information.
County Emergency Management personnel plan to send a test message on Wednesday.
"We have two goals in mind in announcing this service," said County Executive Bill Hansell. "First, we urge everyone who lives or works in Lehigh County to sign up for these free notifications, and secondly, don't hang up. We need users of the service to recognize a reverse 911 alert from Lehigh County Emergency Services and stay on the line to hear the message."
The calls will be appear on caller IDs as 911Alert or the phone number 610-782-4600. For more information and to sign up, visit http://www.lehighcounty.org and click on the Reverse 911 link.
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