Emergency notification update
A few missed pre-evacuation calls
The emergency notification system has been utilized recently to warn residents of dangerous situations including this week's wildfire near Molina.
We told you on Wednesday that many had received that pre-evacuation call on Tuesday night when the fire looked to threaten homes. That call went out to 548 phones within a five mile radius of the fire. A couple of folks told us on Wednesday that they had not received that call however.
"Our preliminary information shows that everybody that had an address registered in the geographical area that we're trying to send it to receive it," said Kate Porras, Public Information Office for the Grand Junction Police Department. "Could there have been a problem that we're not aware of? That is a possibility and we want to get that ironed out as soon as possible."
It is unclear whether there was some small glitch in the software or if it is an isolated incident where someone just didn't hear the phone ring.
They do encourage residents of Mesa County to register both their landlines and cell phones.
"I think all the wildfires that we've seen across the state is a really good example of why people need to sign up for this system. Regardless if they are in the city or if they are in a rural area. It only takes a couple of minutes. It really will help us out when we're trying to get information to you; that critical information that you need to keep you and your family safe," Porras said.
The emergency notification system is only one of many resources officials use to get important information out... including broadcast medial, social networking like Facebook and Twitter and even good old fashioned door-knocking.
To sign up for emergency notifications, head on over to the city's website.
If you were in the pre-evacuation during the Bull Basin Fire and did not receive the phone call, they are asking you e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and provide address/phone information.
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