Our view on Wednesday afternoon...

Friday, August 10, 2012

Yes, believe it or not, that would be Wildfire #3 in this picture...that's THREE...TRES...TROIS...yeah, not cool.  :(   Thankfully there was more advanced warning this time and they were able to get the northern edge under control before it got too close, although it did come right up to the city limits, again.

I cannot stress ENOUGH how important it is to be prepared IN ADVANCE.  You just never know when disaster might strike, or when an emergency of any kind might arise. 

As we monitored our city's Facebook page that afternoon for status reports and possible evacuation notices, a question that kept coming up from residents was about the notification of evacuations.  Out here they use the Reverse 911 call system to alert residents, and they also go door-to-door.  But in today's age with more and more people switching from landline phones to cell phones only or VOIP systems, it is hard for the Reverse 911 system to keep up. 

***If you don't have a landline phone, then you are NOT in the Reverse 911 database!***

SO - for SALT LAKE COUNTY RESIDENTS who have VOIP, or phone service through the cable company, or cell-phone-only phone coverage at their home:

www.vecc9-1-1.com

Go to the Salt Lake Valley Emergency Communication Center website (link above) and register your home VOIP phone or cell phones (or both) so that you are in the Reverse 911 system.  It can take up to 2 weeks for your information to be corroborated and added to the database, so don't wait - do it now while you're thinking about it.  It only takes a few minutes. 

[You can also sign up to have any emergency alerts sent to your email, too!]

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