MCSO and OES Conducting County-Wide Emergency Notification Exercise on October 18 Between 11 a.m. and Noon
This is a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and the Mendocino County Office of Emergency Services (OES) will be conducting a county-wide emergency notification exercise as part of a regional Tsunami Warning Communications Test on October 18, 2017 between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm (noon).
Community members who have not already registered for the Mendocino County Alert and Notification System are urged to do so before the October 18th test date to participate in the exercise. Community members can register for the Alert and Notification System at the OES website at: www.MendocinoCounty.org/OES and click on the registration link at the bottom of the page.
Residents must register and opt-in to receive emergency notifications to their cell phones and other devices. Some land-line phone numbers are automatically imputed into the system, but to ensure emergency notifications are received all residents are urged to register. This is the primary system which is used to communicate with the public during times of emergency- it is vital residents register to ensure they get important time sensitive information.
The October 18th Alert and Notification test will send a test notification to all registered community members county-wide via their preferred communication method (text message, voice phone call, or email) and to most land lines. This message will clearly state that the notification is only a test and not a real emergency. Community members are urged register for the Alert and Notification System prior to the October 18th test date to participate and ensure they can receive the county’s emergency notifications.
Additionally, on October 18th between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm (noon) the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Eureka will be conducting a Tsunami Warning Communications Test in Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties.
If you are listening to the radio, you may hear alerting tones followed by a voice announcing that the test is occurring. If you have a NOAA weather radio with the Public Alert feature, the radio will automatically turn on and you will hear the same message as broadcast on radios. In some areas, you may also hear the sounding of a tsunami siren, or an airplane testing its public address system. The tsunami sirens in Noyo Harbor, Pudding Creek, and Point Arena Cove are planned to be activated and will sound for approximately one to three minutes.
To register or learn more about the Mendocino County Alert and Notification System, including a list of frequently asked questions, please visit: www.MendocinoCounty.org/OES