The County of San Diego is launching a campaign during National Preparedness Month in September to urge residents to register their cell phones for AlertSanDiego and encourage family and friends to do so, especially as we head into the height of fire season.
“Registration only takes a couple of minutes. Once you sign up, take another minute to tell your friends and family to register. It’s an easy way to make sure you and the ones you love can get emergency messages in a disaster,” said Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Pam Slater-Price. Story continues below
Currently, about 200,000 cell phones are registered, which exceeds other communities that use the system but is still far short of the number of residents in our county.
The Office of Emergency Services will also work with its community and emergency response partners to encourage registration. A public service announcement will be provided to local television stations to air in September.
“When you register your cell phone number, you give us another way to reach you with important information. You would receive notification when the home or business address associated with your cell phone number is impacted by a disaster or emergency,” said Ron Lane, Director of the Office of Emergency Services.
Residents can also register VoIP phones and e-mail addresses. AlertSanDiego is different than Reverse 9-1-1 because that system only contacts listed and unlisted land-line telephones.