MENDOCINO Co., 10/16/18 — The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office plans to test the two emergency notification systems, Nixle and MendoAlert, on Thursday, beginning at 10 a.m. The tests may last several hours, and residents who have signed up for notifications may receive multiple alerts, by phone, email, or text. The tests are intended to help the Sheriff’s Office determine whether there are any gaps in the emergency notification systems.
The tests of the two emergency alert systems will take place Thursday, October 18. In order to receive emergency notifications, you must have signed up for the notification system. MendoAlert is used in emergency situations, and is specific to a particular address provided by the user. You can sign up for MendoAlert here. Nixle is a different emergency notification system, in which anyone can sign up to receive texts or emails for a particular address, zip code, or for all of the county. You can sign up Nixle alerts at this link or by texting 888777 on a smart phone and entering your zip code, or entering “MendoAlerts” (without the quotation marks) to get county-wide alerts.
Here’s the full announcement from the MCSO:
DATE: “October 15, 2018”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Incident Number: Mendocino County to Test Emergency Notification and Alert System, MendoAlert
Location: Throughout Mendocino County
Date of Incident: 10/18/2018
Time: Beginning at 10:18 AM and continuing throughout the day
Written By: Rick Ehlert, Emergency Services Coordinator
Synopsis: On Thursday October 18, 2018 Mendocino County will test both the MendoAlert and Nixle emergency alert and warning systems. During this testing period, residents who have registered for the system may receive a phone call, a text message, or an email message. The goal of this test, is to better understand any gaps in the existing systems and make improvements for a safer, more prepared County.
On October 18, 2018, at approximately 10:18 AM Mendocino County will begin the alerting processing using both the MendoAlert and Nixle systems. The test is expected to last several hours and residents may receive the alert several hours after the test begins at 10:18 AM.
MendoAlert is used in emergency situations only, and notifications are centered on taking actions to save lives and property. The alerts will be specific to the address you provide when you sign up for MendoAlert. MendoAlert will send notifications via phone call, text message, and email and residents are urged to register multiple forms of communication. This system is considered an opt-in system and residents must register to ensure that they receive vital alerts. Residents can sign up for MendoAlert at www.MendocinoCounty.org/MendoAlert.
Nixle is an alert system which can deliver text messages to residents for any areas requested, regardless of residency. Users may request information in a single zip code, multiple zip codes or County-wide. To register for Nixle, sign up online at https://local.nixle.com/register/ or, using your smartphone, text 888777 and enter “MendoAlerts” (without the quotation marks) to get all alerts throughout Mendocino County. For a specific zip code, text 888777 and enter the zip code. Please note that Nixle does not provide a voice notification/phone call and will only notify registered users via text message and/or email.
The tests are intended to ensure public safety officials have the methods and systems that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public in times of emergency or disaster. To achieve this goal, Mendocino County is asking residents complete a survey to provide feedback on the test. Residents are asked to complete the survey by visiting https://bit.ly/2yuPQyJ after the completion of the test.
This test is being conducted as part of the Great ShakeOut Exercise which is a national and an international preparedness exercise which occurs annually. Mendocino County residents who are interested in hosting their own Great ShakeOut events can find out more information at www.shakeout.org.
For more information and to sign up for alerts, visit www.MendocinoCounty.org/MendoAlert.
Approved by: Lieutenant Shannon BarneyPress Release from MCSO.