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Borough expands emergency notification system

Posted: August 5, 2011 - 7:00am

The Kenai Peninsula Borough has implemented a system where individuals can now receive emergency voice notifications through their cell phones. 

Prior to the new system, the only way emergency messages were sent out over the phone lines were to hard-line telephones. Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management Director Eric Mohrmann said voice messages now will be sent to anyone who registers their phone number, be it hard-line or cellular, using a system called Rapid Notify.

“Since cell phones are becoming more and more prevalent, this gives us an opportunity to reach those persons with cell phones in a designated area,” Mohrmann said.

An emergency notification would be sent out to inform the public about wildfires, evacuation notices, tsunami warnings, flood situations, Amber alerts and other emergencies.

To register your phone number, the process is simple. Visit the borough’s website, and click on the Emergency Management link on the left. At the top of the page, there will be a link to register your phone number to receive emergency messages. 

The system is very effective, Mohrmann said. In June, a voice mail message went out in regards to a tsunami warning. Mohrmann said the voice mail reached 12,000 phone lines in 15 minutes.

The registered numbers go into a database where they are safe from outside interests, Mohrmann said.

“The numbers are secure, they are not used for any other purpose other than this Rapid Notify,” he said. “No one’s got access to it, it’s not sold to anybody, it’s not going to happen.”

The system is geography-based, meaning residents will receive information for the area where they live. For example, a user who registers for Kenai will not receive notifications for Homer. 

“They would only get the ones applicable to where they registered the telephone,” Mohrmann said.

For more information, visit the Kenai Peninsula Bourough Office of Emergency Management’s website at

Or contact the Office of Emergency Management at or call 262-4910.

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spwright 08/06/11 - 08:35 am
What's Happening ? Why the Troopers ? 8/6/11

Sat. 8/6/11
I'm sure that all Alaskan Residents have experienced this situation : Outta nowhere numerous State Troopers arrive in Your Neighborhood & No One knows WHY ?
M-16 Weapons & Dogs & You don't know Why ?
You attempt to communicate w/ the Troopers & they won't tell you a thing & you are left Guessing as to What is Wrong in Your Neighborhood ?

This RAPID NOTIFY system should solve that problem on a Need to Know basis.

Yes all Alaskans need to know IF there is a serious threat within their own neighborhood, The whole world doesn't need to know but If You live there You need to be informed.

Yes I have signed up for this Rapid Notify system.

SPW in Slooooooowdotna

alaskagunhunter 08/06/11 - 08:43 am
Whats happening

Well mr. Jones what we have here is a situation that involves a matter that might get your attention and while we don't mean to alarm you we do carry tools in this job that just might seem threatning to you but while an emergency is happening we will stop what we are doing and knock on your door and share the information with you in advance. BANG BANG oops gotta go. Get real do you really expect LEO to involve you. Stay in your home and if you need to know someone will inform you. P.S. don't rubber neck going past that accident.

spwright 08/06/11 - 09:07 am
Reply Sat. 8/6/11

Sat am 8/6/11
Lets take for example the situation of last Spring 2011
A Escaped Killer was On the Loose near the Orca Theater & Red Diamond Center.
You are damned right I have the Need to Know that is happening in my neighborhood.
If You live there then You should be informed so you can be prepared & keep your family safe.

That's Why this Rapid Notify system is needed & Why I have
signed up for this system

Thanks for Listening Retiree SPW

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