City of Sacramento Police Department

SAMUEL D. SOMERS JR.
Chief of Police
5770 Freeport Blvd., Suite 100
Sacramento, CA  95822-3516

(916) 808-0800
Fax : (916) 808-0818
www.sacpd.org

MEDIA ADVISORY/PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release No. 20110728-124
Thursday, July 28, 2011

9-1-1 Can Call You with Emergency Information

The Sacramento Police Department would like to inform the community of a new feature to the Reverse 911 system, the ability to register a cellular phone number.

The Sacramento Regional Reverse 911® system is an emergency community notification tool designed to inform residents and business owners of significant incidents occurring in a geographical area within the city of Sacramento.  Prior to the new feature, the system only contacted residential and business landline numbers.  However, we are now offering the ability for those with mobile phones or VOIP systems to register their phones to a physical address and receive alerts when that address is included in an emergency notification.   

Our Reverse911® system has been used for neighborhood emergencies where health and safety is a concern such as evacuation notices, at-risk missing persons notifications, crime series, and much more.  Recently, we used the Reverse911® system to alert a small section of the Elder Creek neighborhood of a mandatory evacuation due to a hazardous materials fire occurring in the area. A recorded message was sent to all those with landline phones in the affected area.

Residents, business owners and even those employed within the City of Sacramento, can register their phone numbers to receive informative recorded messages. Because of increasing popularity and usage of cellular phones, the new feature allows us to contact more individuals living and working in the affected area.

If you work or live within the Sacramento city limits, and wish to be part of this notification system, you can register your contact information by visiting our website at www.sacpd.org. Click on the Reverse911® tab on the lower left side of the screen and follow the prompts.

As a reminder, the community can follow us on Facebook and on Twitter. Facebook is a great opportunity for the community to read about "the rest of the story". "Like" us today. Twitter provides an instant snapshot of what is going on with the police department. Also, residents and business owners can log into our website and sign up for e-notify (email notifications of press releases, daily and helicopter activity occurring in specific neighborhoods).

All of these resources are effective ways to communicate important incidents to the residents and businesses in the city of Sacramento.

Sacramento Police Media Relations · (916) 808-0808 · spdpio@pd.cityofsacramento.org

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