This story, by Scott Robinson, ran in the July 24 issue of The Mountain Enterprise:
All Mountain Community residents are urged to register for ReadyKern Reverse 911. Registering will assure that in the case of a Kern County emergency near your home, you will be notified with an emergency alert, no matter where you are.
Kern County has put Ready Kern in place, an emergency notification system to communicate with Kern County residents and businesses within minutes of a disaster.
The system is designed to alert residents and businesses about wildfires, earthquakes, severe weather or other emergencies that could impact your safety and welfare. Living in a high fire danger area as well as on the San Andreas fault, it is wise for residents to register to receive emergency alerts!
How the system works
A message advising residents in the mountain communities of emergency information will be sent directly to your home or work, email or cell phone. The system will continue trying to contact you until it receives a confirmation from you. Residential and business phone book listings will be automatically subscribed to the alerts by phone.
Register by Phone or Online
To insure you receive information by phone, email or cell phone, residents are urged to register. If you do not have web access, dial 211 and ask to be registered in ReadyKern. You can register online at www.ReadyKern.com.
How it works
Follow the instructions and provide your contact information. By doing this, no matter if you’re at home or work, you will be notified of any emergency situation occurring in Kern County. If you registered several communication devices (such as cell phones, home phone and email) ReadyKern will continue to cycle through each communication device until the message is delivered and confirmed by the recipient. To confirm a message, you must listen to the entire message and then press 1.
Robinson is an L.A. County Firefighter Paramedic who lives in Pine Mountain
To register for the reverse 911 system, go to the ReadyKern website. It’s a free service and all contact information is kept strictly confidential.
This is part of the August 21, 2009 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.
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