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Posted on: September 2, 2015


ANAHEIM, CA - (April 6, 2015) - Anaheim residents will receive a TEST call of the emergency notification system, AlertOC, on Tuesday, April 7 at 3 p.m. This will be a TEST only, and identified as such.

The AlertOC drill on April 7 will replicate a large scale, region wide emergency requiring thousands of residents and businesses throughout Orange County to be called simultaneously.  The phone message will clearly indicate that the message residents are receiving is a test, and will provide information on how to register additional contact methods, such as cell phone, text message and email.  The regional test message will be delivered in conjunction with a reminder that California is still in a serious drought and all residents need to use water wisely.

The City of Anaheim utilizes two emergency notification systems, AlertOC and Anaheim Alert, and residents are encouraged to sign up for both.

AlertOC is Orange County’s mass notification system. Residents can register more than one contact method at a specific address. The system uses landline phone service (also called reverse 911), and it can also receive registration of mobile phones and email addresses. During a citywide emergency, the City of Anaheim may use AlertOC in conjunction with Anaheim Alert. To update your information in the countywide system, please visit

Anaheim Alert is the City’s notification system, and offers customization according to geographic location, types of messages received, and preferred mode of communication (e-mail and/or text message to mobile phones). Anaheim Alert notifications can include emergency alerts, to planned or unplanned road closures, planned or unplanned events, and more. To sign up for Anaheim Alert, please visit, or text the word “register” to 311ANA (311262).

Both are free services, though standard text messaging charges to mobile devices may apply.
For more information on water savings, please visit

Residents are encouraged to sign up for both Anaheim Alert and AlertOC. An emergency can happen at any time. Preparedness is the key to recovery.

For more information on the City of Anaheim, please visit

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