Burienites May Receive Phone Alerts In Oct. 6 Earthquake Drill

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If you live in Burien and your telephone rings on Wednesday, Oct. 6th, don’t be alarmed if you hear a recorded message for a test emergency earthquake drill.

The City of Burien will participate in a countywide earthquake drill on that date, opening its emergency operations center and performing functions as if the emergency were real including communicating with residents and businesses.

In addition to the robo-calls, here’s what else will be going on:

  • Residents may also see an alert on the City website.
  • Alerts will also be broadcast on the City’s radio station, Radio Free Burien (540 AM) and on Burien Cable Channel 21.
  • People with telephone land lines in their homes or businesses will receive an emergency alert through Burien Alert, the City’s new emergency notification system that went into effect Sept. 15. Those who have signed up to receive alerts over their cell phones and other electronic devices will receive a call from Burien Alert.

People can “opt in” their cell phones and other devices to the Burien Alert system by clicking the “Burien Alert” button on the City’s Web home page at www.burienwa.gov. Those without Internet access can come to City Hall for assistance opting in. For more information on Burien Alert, go to www.burienwa.gov/alert.

For more information on Burien’s new “Alert” system, read our previous coverage on this story here.

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