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Emergency Notifications in Yuba County



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By: Russ Brown, Yuba County OES

MARYSVILLE, CA November 19, 2013 – When an emergency strikes in Yuba County, residents who sign up for free alerts through the county's Emergency Services website will be the first to get vital Information necessary to protect themselves and their families.

The new text, email, and phone alert system established by the Yuba County Office of Emergency Services comes just in time to prepare for the rainy season, but the service will be invaluable in any emergency situation. County residents can sign up for alerts by going to BePreparedYuba.org and clicking on the "Stay Connect" icon.

"We live in a county still vulnerable to flooding in the winter and fires in the summers, so having this kind of information sent directly to cell phones, home phones or emails is crucial to everyone's safety," said Yuba County Emergency Services Manager Scott Bryan. "Those who do not register may not be contacted through the county's automatic notification system during an emergency."

Anyone who signed up for alerts prior to November of this year should sign up again to ensure they are notified of emergency situations. Home phones should also be registered, especially for those who do not have access to cell phones or email.

Yuba County recently contracted with Emergency Communications Network's online emergency notification program Code Red to make critical alerts available to all county residents who register. The program allows county emergency officials to determine which residents would be affected by a particular emergency situation and to immediately send phone, text, and email notifications to those who completed the simple one page online form.

"Residents who sign up for this service will know about serious situations at the earliest possible moment," Bryan said. "They will be the first to know about precautions that need to be taken, evacuation routes and other important details."

For those who do not have access to email or text messages, Yuba County Emergency Services will continue to use other methods of communications such as coordination with radio stations and broadcast phone call alerts.

Information on how to prepare for any emergency can be found at the BePreparedYuba.org website. During actual emergencies, the site becomes a source for important up-to-the-minute information.

 

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