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Mariposa County Tests Emergency Alerts

MARIPOSA COUNTY — If you have yet to sign up for emergency alerts from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, now is the time to do so.

On Monday, May 16, the Sheriff’s Office will conduct several tests of the Emergency Notification System, NIXLE.

The series of tests will allow residents to verify they are signed up properly and what methods of delivery they have requested. The Sheriff’s Office asks that residents please encourage their family, friends and neighbors to sign up for this important service.

The emergency notification system has multiple options you can choose to receive notifications:

1. Landline Phones – This method, previously known as “Reverse 911” allows the S.O. to make landline calls based on a single address assigned to a single landline phone number. This method does NOT require residents to sign up. This information comes directly from the phone company providers, however it does require that the resident be home in order to receive the emergency notification.

2. Cell Phone Voice, Cell Phone Text & Email Address – This method allows residents to be notified of emergencies no matter where they are. The resident is given the opportunity to register for any or all of the following:

Cell Phone Voice- A voice call to a cell phone, residents can register for multiple address locations, i.e. home, work, school, vacation home, rental property, etc. There is no limit to the amount of addresses you can register.

Cell Phone Text- A brief text to a cell phone typically containing a hyperlink residents can click on for more information, directions or photos. Residents can register for multiple address locations, i.e. home, work, school, vacation home, rental property, etc. There is no limit to the amount of addresses you can register.

Email – An email message that can be retrieved from both, home computers and mobile devices. Emails can be brief or contain detailed information, directions or photos. Residents can register for multiple address locations, i.e. home, work, school, vacation home, rental property, etc. There is no limit to the amount of addresses you can register.

This test of the Mariposa County emergency notification system is also an attempt to encourage residents to prepare for real life emergencies by registering their cell phone numbers and e-mail address at www.nixle.com. By signing up for this system, residents will receive important information in the case of an emergency.

If you wish to register by mail, visit http://www.mariposacounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/35668, fill out and print the form and mail to P.O. Box 276, Mariposa, California, 95338.

Test Details

When: Monday, May 16, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

What: The S.O. will test all phone and electronic emergency notification methods.

What do you need to do:

If you receive all the messages you believe you want / need, you do not need to do anything.

If you do not receive cell phone voice, text or email, or a voice call on your landline phone, please contact Kristie Mitchell, Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer at 209-966-3615.

www.mariposacounty.org/sheriff

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