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Lane County to test alert system at 2 p.m. July 11

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Lane County Emergency Manager Tiffany Brown: “This test is a great reminder for us all to make sure we’re signed up to receive emergency alerts and that all of our information is current.”

from Lane County Emergency Management

Lane County Emergency Management will test the subscriber-based local emergency alert system – Lane Alerts – on Thursday, July 11, at 2 p.m. The test will include emails, recorded voice calls, and text messages, depending upon each subscriber’s provided contact information.

“This test is a great reminder for us all to make sure we’re signed up to receive emergency alerts and that all of our information is current,” said Lane County Emergency Manager Tiffany Brown. “Lane Alerts is the tool that our local first responders use to provide critical safety information to the community.”

Residents should go to www.LaneAlerts.org to create a free Lane Alerts account and select where and how they would like to receive emergency alerts.

Lane Alerts allows people to opt-in to receive notifications via phone call, text message and email based on locations they care about. At minimum, people signing up must provide their name and one method of contact. Residents can provide multiple addresses to receive notifications about emergency events that may affect their home, workplace, child’s school, etc. The types of emergencies that people may receive alerts about include evacuations, severe weather, flooding, police activity, and more:

Q: When will Lane Alerts be used?
A: Lane Alerts will be used to notify people about imminent threats to their safety, as well as informational notifications that affect locations they choose to include in their profile.

Q: Who should sign up for Lane Alerts?
A: Everyone living or working in Lane County should sign up for Lane Alerts.

Q: Should everyone in my household have their own Lane Alerts profile?
A: Yes. If multiple household members need to be notified, each person should have their own profile.

Q: Will I still get emergency notifications if I don’t sign up?
A: There are multiple types of emergency alerts. Some do not require residents to sign up, including landline phone calls or alerts that appear on television screens and radio broadcasts. Signing up for Lane Alerts will provide emergency responders with more and better ways to reach people with emergency information, including text messages.

Learn more about the different types of emergency alerts by watching a short video.

Lane Alerts partner agencies include Lane County Emergency Management, Lane County Sheriff’s Office, and Central Lane Communications Center. The system is powered by the State of Oregon’s OR-Alert program and Everbridge. Learn more about OR-Alert at https://www.oralert.gov.

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