AlertOC

Seal Beach to conduct test of AlertOC mass notification system

The City of Seal Beach will test its emergency mass notification system, AlertOC, on Thursday, September 24, 2020 with a test emergency alert that will be sent to residents’ mobile devices.

The test will replicate a large-scale, multi-jurisdictional emergency requiring thousands of numbers to be called simultaneously across Orange County. This is the 10th annual regional test of the system and will include 22 participating cities as well as the County’s unincorporated areas.

“We should all take action to prepare for emergencies and disasters that can affect our communities,” said Seal Beach Chief of Police Philip L. Gonshak. “Our goal is to increase the overall number of individuals, families and communities that engage in preparedness actions at home, work, school, and places of worship. We urge residents and businesses to prepare for the many hazards that threaten our daily lives and sense of normalcy – most often occurring in Southern California with little-to-no warning.”

Disasters, such as the state’s historic wildfires, often occur rapidly, forcing evacuations and road closures to neighborhoods.

AlertOC, the County’s mass notification system, is a critical link for residents to immediately learn of any required actions, such as evacuating their homes during an imminent fire. AlertOC also enables the county to inform our residents during ongoing incidents, such as a pandemic or other health emergencies.

The distinctive feature of AlertOC is the ability for individuals to register multiple contact methods and addresses. Registration of cell phone and alternate numbers dramatically increase the ability to reach the greatest number of community members within minutes. This enables landlines, cell phones and e-mail addresses to be incorporated into a single notification system.

Residents can do their part to prepare for emergencies by registering for AlertOC. For more information or to register alternate phone numbers or e-mail addresses, visit www.AlertOC.org.

This article was released by the Seal Beach Police Department.

4 Comments

  1. System must have failed! I’m registered on several landlines, mobile phones and email addresses. Never heard a peep from the Alert OC group!

    1. Dean,

      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze, and for taking the time to comment on this article. It’s important that AlertOC work properly.

      Here at Orange County Breeze World Headquarters, all heck broke loose just before 9 a.m. as we received multiple test alerts through multiple communications points: email, texts, voice telephone. Since the ambient sound in our office is subdued, the sudden high volume of alert tones, rings, and speakerphone was riotous.

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

      Stay safe, stay healthy!

      Shelley Henderson
      editor, Orange County Breeze

  2. you can contact me on my e-mail. [email protected]. As well as my phone 562 598-xxxx

    This comment has been edited to redact personal information.

    1. Geraldine,

      Thank you for reading Orange County Breeze and for taking the time to comment on this article.

      We edited your comment to remove your personal information and prevent identity theft.

      If you wish to sign up for AlertOC (a good idea), please visit the AlertOC signup page:

      https://member.everbridge.net/453003085613900/new

      Again, thank you for reading Orange County Breeze.

      Stay safe, stay healthy!

      Shelley Henderson
      editor, Orange County Breeze

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