By Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer
Disaster strikes when you least expect it, so stay safe by following the latest County warnings from AlertOC. Designed to keep those who live or work in Orange County informed of important information during emergency events, AlertOC is Orange County’s regional public mass notification system.
The steps are simple: Public mass notification systems have become a critical component of emergency preparation and response. When there is a perceived, upcoming or imminent situation requiring community action, authorized officials record a voice, e-mail or text message that is then delivered quickly to individuals who could be affected by the event. Officials will continue to use the system to keep affected communities informed of event information as necessary.
The system is free to the public. Residents and businesses only need to provide their contact information once to receive emergency messages from the County and/or the City in which they live or work. Depending on the severity of the event, various forms of communication, such as home phone, work phone, cell phone, e-mail, and text messaging may be used. Residents and businesses are encouraged to provide additional contact channels in the case that the public may not be at home to receive an emergency message.
Mass notification systems have been attributed with saving lives during the 2007 Southern California wildfires by quickly notifying residents of evacuation instructions at all hours. For more information or to sign up, please visit www.alertoc.com.