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Specifically, how are you receiving alerts before taking action? The Northern California Fires revealed the importance of being advised of evacuations and imminent dangers. When First Responders need to make important safety notifications, i.e. fire evacuations, the primary method of making calls is through the Community Warning System (CWS).
The County Emergency Operations Center will utilize the CWS system to make phone calls to every house/cell phone in the affected area. As more and more people drop their landline telephones and rely solely on cell phones, it is imperative that your cell phones be registered so that the alerting agencies can contact you.
To sign up for alerts to be sent to your cell phones
click on the link below:
Contra Costa Community Warning System
In addition, First Responders use Nixle for various community notifications and alerts. It's very easy to sign up. Text your ZIP CODE to 888777 for local mobile alerts. This information is available on the Orinda Police Department website as well.
Finally, please consider checking with your neighbors who might not have the technical ability to register phones and addresses. In the event of an emergency, we want to do our best to reach out to and account for everyone.