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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Pacific County Emergency Management Agency to Test Emergency Notification System August 5, 2016

South Bend, Washington –  In an effort to ensure the maximum number of people are reached during an emergency, the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is working with its emergency notification contractor to deliver emergency alert messages in both English and Spanish. Hyper-Reach, a part of The Asher Group, has added a feature to the Pacific County emergency notification system (commonly referred to as “reverse 911”) which allows call recipients to press 1 for English or 2 for Spanish. This allows PCEMA to reach a segment of the population that was previously difficult to effectively notify of emergencies.

While no notification system can ever be 100% effective, PCEMA utilizes a number of layered systems to ensure that as many people as possible are notified in the event of an emergency. Providing accurate information to the Limited English Proficiency (LEP) communities around the state has been a goal of emergency managers at every level for some time. PCEMA strives to be on the forefront of these efforts.

The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency has been testing this system internally and is now announcing plans to test the system county-wide on August 5, 2016 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Because the test will be county-wide it may take some time to complete. We invite and encourage feedback from the public. 

To register your cellular or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone or an email address to receive notifications go to the following website https://secure.hyper-reach.com/comsignupw.jsp?id=40685. For further information or details please contact Scott McDougall, Deputy Director smcdougall@co.pacific.wa.us or (360) 642 or 875-9338.

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