Riverside – If the recent spate of disasters across the nation has taught us anything, it is how important emergency evacuation notifications can be.
Such notices can help save lives. Yet, few Americans understand how their telephone numbers are entered to the databases that initiate emergency notification calls and if their telephone number is not included in the database, they will not be notified by phone.
Currently, landline telephone numbers are automatically added to the emergency notification database through local telephone companies; however, a January 2017 survey showed 52 percent of American households no longer have landlines.
For households without landlines, who use cell phones and/or Voice Over Internet Phone (VOIP) only, it is important that you register your cell or VOIP number to ensure receipt of important information and evacuation notifications in case of emergency. To register, visit http://countyofriverside.us/Residents/Emergencies/EarlyWarningNotificationSystem.aspx. It takes about sixty days for the system to update.
San Bernardino and Riverside Counties use a variety of ways to notify residents of impending danger; one of the most important ways is through emergency databases that are automatically updated every six months.
To receive emergency notifications via San Bernardino and Riverside Counties’ Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS) by text, add VOIP numbers, and manage an account using a valid email address, visit http://www.sbcounty.gov/SBCFire/TENS/TENSContact.aspx or call 2-1-1 or (888) 435-7565.
County officials stress that residents, “not wait for or rely exclusively on any single notification system. If you are concerned about your safety and welfare, please evacuate.”