The City of Orange to Conduct a “Reverse 911” System Test on Sept 24

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CITY OF ORANGE

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Paul Sitkoff
September 15, 2015 (714) 288-2590

Orange, CA – The City of Orange, along with several other Orange County cities, will be conducting a test of the AlertOC, “reverse 911” system at 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 24, 2015.

The test will involve a mass call of Orange residential “landline” and cell phones, as well as registered email and text message addresses. Business and commercial numbers will not be included in this test.

When the test begins, citizens can expect to hear a prerecorded test message. They may also receive an email or test message if they provided additional information via the AlertOC website at www.alertoc.com.

AlertOC allows citizens to register more than one contact method. This includes email, text message addresses, or phone lines that are not listed as being in Orange. The City is urging residents and businesses to visit www.alertoc.com, where they can add additional points of contact or update their current information. Doing so will dramatically increase our ability to contact them in the event of an emergency.

AlertOC is a County of Orange administered and funded program that operates by using 911 databases provided by the major phone companies. The system will allow officials to directly contact citizens and businesses in the event of an emergency such as a fire, flood or earthquake. The AlertOC system is made available by the County, free of charge, to individual city governments in Orange County.

For more information on the City of Orange AlertOC test, please call Paul Sitkoff, public affairs and information manager for the City of Orange at (714) 288-2590. For more information about the County-wide test, contact Emily Osterberg at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at (714) 647-1840.