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Thousands Sign Up To Receive Emergency Notifications By Text

Johan Larsson / Flickr
 

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Yuba City has responded to complaints about its Reverse 9-1-1 emergency notification system used during the Oroville evacuation.

The city has joined a new system that allows people to get text messages.

Darin Gale, head of Economic Growth and Affairs for Yuba City, says anyone who lives in Sutter County or who has family in the area can text a zip code of interest to 888-777.

"In Sutter County, there's a variety of different jurisdictions," Gale says. "There's the county and two incorporated cities. Each one of us had a different system. What the City of Yuba City decided to do was just join in with the system the county had. They already had some residents that had signed up."

Gale says 8,000 residents signed up for the service within the first 12 hours. The Nixle Public Safety Alert system is paid for by the 7,000 cities and counties that use it. The existing "reverse 9-1-1" system will remain for the 30,000 people in Yuba City who still have landlines.

Meanwhile, Marysville and Yuba County residents can sign up for a similar system through beprepared.org.

 

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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