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    Our county recently installed a reverse 911 system. This system will call individuals home phones in the event of a storm warning or other typp of emergency. Such as a evacuation or a police chase in there area. Has any other area used this and does it work?
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    Onondaga County in NY state uses it with great success. Their website says they are open to answering questions.

    http://www.ongov.net/911/
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    We have the capability to use it, and have on several occasions. Most recently it was for a SWAT stand off, but we have also used it for wildfire evacuations. We call a company that initiates it, we record the message and give them the location and a radius we want the calls to cover. They also send us a report after about how many homes were contacted and such. It is very easy to use.

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    There was just an incident in the town next to mine where they got to use their brand spanking new reverse 911 system just last week. They were attempting to locate a missing elderly man who wandered away from his home. Fire and PD were out enmass scouring the neighborhoods, the state police helicopter was overhead. The dogs were out. The neighbors were all out looking for him. They weren't having any luck. Within a short while of activating the reverse 911 system, someone called the police back reporting they saw him walking into a local hiking trail. The helicopter with it's FLIR and night sun was directed to that area and had his heat signature within minutes. He was lying on a stone wall nearly unconcious and hypothermic when the ground teams, directed by the helicopter, reached him. He is recovering just fine now. Without that revese 911, it is quite likely the outcome would not have been the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sfdtim11
    Our county recently installed a reverse 911 system. This system will call individuals home phones in the event of a storm warning or other typp of emergency. Such as a evacuation or a police chase in there area. Has any other area used this and does it work?
    My county has it and uses it for everything from missing at risk individuals, to escapes from the jail, to evacuations for wildland fires. Works great although it is dependant on a working LAND line in the house... won't call cell phones (more and more people are ditching land lines) and on the last fire we tried to use it on the fire had burnt the phone lines to the area requiring a house to house evacuation order.

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    Yes, in fact a few months ago it played a part in the eventual apprehension of some armed-robbery suspects. If I remember correctly it's a 3rd party contract service. County calls the service and provides the target area via a grid system and the message. Service then activates the calls. Believe the outfit is CAN, Community Alert Network and have locations in both the Eastern and Western US.
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    Iberville Parish OEP/911 has had it for several years. It's been used a few times, ususally after a release from one of the many chemical plants in the area.
    From http://www.ibervilleparish.com/emerp...equipment.html -

    Telephone Ringdown System – During an emergency, the Iberville Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness may activate the computerized telephone ringdown system. The system will automatically dial the phones of homes and businesses within the affected area. If you should receive such a call, a recorded message will identify the emergency and tell you what to do. Follow the phone instructions. When the danger is over, an “all clear” message will be given to you over this system. Avoid unnecessary phone use during an emergency.

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    Wow this sounds like it will be a great asset to our county. I am also wondering if anyone has heard of them being able to use it to notify cell maybe there gps location. Just a thaught. Do those who have it have many people ignore the warnings?
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    This is indeed a great system.

    http://www.reverse911.com

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    Several towns in my area are looking at the WARN notification system. All calling is done off-site so there are no computers or phone lines to maintain locally. Activation can be through the Internet or a single phone call.
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    Arrow Email, cell phones and pagers

    My town uses a reverse 911 system and a home-grown website http://www.06611alerts.com to make notifications. Individuals must register on the website, but when activated, it will distribute an email, either to standard email, or to a cell phone or pager as a text message.

    IMHO the website is more useful, efficient and cheaper than the phone system. Given the website has its draw backs, but when used together with the phone system the coverage is unbeatable.

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