City urges residents register for emergency alerts

  • Wednesday, July 16, 2014

In a statement issued by the Mayor’s Office:

Last week after a water line rupture occurred near the large water storage tank located near the Steel Mill, we used several methods to issue a “boil water advisory.” Boiled water advisories are required under our approved emergency response plan when it is possible that untreated water may have entered our water distribution system.

One method of getting the word out is to use the E911 data base to do robo calls. This is called the reverse 911 system. We learned upon using the reverse E-911 system that a lot of people were not contacted by phone because they no longer use land lines. Cell phone numbers are not automatically programmed into the system. The County Emergency Operations System needs reliable telephone numbers in the system. It is for that reason we ask that you register your mobile device or current land line directly with the County E-911 system at this website: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/27F44EE4891E.

You can also go here to get to that address: http://www.georgetowncountysc.org/emergency_management/emergencyupdates.html

You must enter your physical address. If you registered with the “Do Not Call” you will not get a voice call. If you have email, you should register for both text and email notification.

This data is for emergency use only and not subject to public disclosure so it is protected from commercial use. Check the data privacy box on the web site to be certain.

The bad news was the system did not work as well as it should. The good news is no one got contaminated water and we had what amounts to a dress rehearsal for a serious problem, identifying the deficiencies in the existing data.

Please register your cell phone numbers and emails today.

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