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City: Receive emergency notifications on your cellphone

 

Last updated 3/10/2022 at 8:55am

Snohomish County has adopted a new emergency notification system called Smart 911 that allows residents to receive local emergency alert and warning notifications with critical news and information to their cellphones that is specific to their home address.

This new alerting system has far greater capability than the previous version.

"In the event of an emergency or disaster, being able to communicate actionable information directly to Edmonds residents will save lives," said Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson.

Smart 911 allows residents to sign up for emergency and disaster alerts specific to their address and mobile phone, plus offers the option to provide personalized information about choice of hospital, family medical conditions, household vehicles, and even information about pets.

This optional information is kept private, and is only available to 911 operators and responders should you call 911.

From the Smart 911 website: Over 80% of calls made to 911 come from mobile phones. While mobile phones can be an important public safety tool, they can also create unique challenges for emergency responders.

When you dial 911 from a mobile phone, in most cases, the 911 call taker has very little information to help you – only your phone number and a very general sense of your location.

This may not help in an emergency when seconds count, particularly if you or your loved ones have medical conditions, or if there is a fire. Smart 911 can help save precious seconds in emergency situations.

To sign up for Smart 911: smart911.com/.

You must sign up on this website in order to be included in future emergency notifications. When signing up, be sure to check the City of Edmonds opt in box. This will allow residents to receive messages specific to the City of Edmonds as well as messages from the City of Edmonds Emergency Management Department.

 

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