City Of Burien Announces New “Burien Alert'” Emergency Call System
The City of Burien announced in its latest quarterly newsletter (link to PDF file here) that it has created a “new way to receive alerts about natural disasters and other emergencies” it’s calling “Burien Alert.”
The program is scheduled to begin Sept. 15, and according to the city, it will serve as a mass notification system that enables emergency officials and other first responders to notify residents via a “reverse 911” type of message.
Residents will be allowed to “opt-in” to the service by clicking on a Burien ALERT button that will be at the bottom of the city’s website beginning Sept. 15th (it’s not up there yet).
Also, on Wednesday, Oct. 6th, the city is planning on participating in a countywide earthquake drill, where it will open its emergency operations center and perform functions as if the incident were real, including communicating with residents and businesses.
Here’s more from the city’s announcement:
The system will notify residents and businesses about significant risks to health and safety. Public safety officials can send alerts about emergencies such as severe weather, floods, utility disruptions or critical police activity. Emergency alerts may be sent 24 hours a day, based on severity. When a number is called, the person receiving the call will be instructed to press 1 to hear the message. The emergency or community alert will follow.
Households and businesses with a land line will automatically receive the emergency alert. The system allows individuals the opportunity to ‘opt-in’ their alternative electronic devices, including cell phones, work phones, text messages, e-mails, and more.
Residents and businesses can opt in on the Internet by accessing the Burien ALERT button at the bottom of the City Web page at www.burienwa.gov and following the opt-in instructions. People without access to the Internet can come to City Hall for assistance opting in. General information and frequently asked questions about Burien Alert can be found at www.burienwa.gov/Alert (EDITOR’S NOTE: this page will apparently be activated Sept. 15th). Besides choosing how to receive emergency notifications, users also can choose to receive alerts regarding locations of interest – emergencies that may affect a residence, workplace, child’s school or other areas that are within the Burien city limits. Businesses benefit when their employees opt in because wherever they are, information can be relayed to their employees about local emergencies.
Everyone with land lines will continue to receive emergency notifications, regardless of whether they opt in with other devices. Those who opt in will receive an emergency notification on their land line or on devices they chose when they opted in.
On Wednesday, Oct. 6, the City of Burien will participate in a county-wide earthquake drill. The City will open its emergency operations center and perform functions as if the incident were real, including commu- nicating with residents and businesses.
You may see an alert on the City Website, or hear an emergency radio broadcast on Radio Free Burien 540 AM or view one on Burien Channel 21. People with telephone land lines or who have signed up to receive alerts over their cell phones and other devices will receive a call from Burien Alert.