The first county-wide test of the ClatsopAlerts! emergency notification system last week successfully called more than 16,000 citizens.

The Clatsop County Emergency Management Division sent out a test phone message at 10 a.m. to all registered ClatsopAlerts! users. The message was timed to coincide with the Great Oregon Shakeout, the statewide earthquake response drill conducted at 10:17 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17.

ClatsopAlerts! is designed to provide local citizens with immediate information and warnings about storms, floods and tsunamis, water contamination alerts, missing persons reports, road closures and other events. The system sends out recorded voice or text messages to citizens' home phones, cell phones, pagers and email addresses, alerting them to the emergency and providing important response information.

Tiffany Brown, Emergency Manager, said the test revealed some issues that have already been addressed, including the initial greeting and that fact that some calls disconnected before the listener could dial "1" to hear the message. (For those who were not able to answer the call, it displayed under caller ID as (503) 338-3656).

"Overall we're pleased with the outcome of the test and appreciate the feedback we received," she said.

All land-line telephone customers in the county are automatically registered with ClatsopAlerts! – citizens can also sign up to receive messages through cell phones, email and pagers. Registration is available online

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