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Posted on: September 21, 2015

Largest-Ever AlertOC Test Call to Reach 2.5 Million Residents Thursday


ANAHEIM, Calif. (Sept. 21, 2015) - The City of Anaheim is partnering with the County of Orange to notify residents of the annual TEST of the AlertOC system on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m. This will be a TEST only and identified as such.

AlertOC is Orange County's mass notification system to alert residents when there is an emergency. During a citywide emergency, the City of Anaheim may use AlertOC in conjunction with Anaheim Alert, the city's notification system for residents, businesses and visitors. Residents are encouraged to sign up for both Anaheim Alert and AlertOC. An emergency can happen at any time and preparedness is the key to a quicker recovery.  

To update your information in each of these free*, valuable systems, please visit and

As part of National Preparedness Month, nearly 2.5 million Orange County residents will receive a phone call and e-mail to test the County's mass notification system on Sept. 24. This is the sixth annual, and largest-ever, regional test of AlertOC involving 27 participating cities and the county's unincorporated areas.

This year, Southern California is faced with dual ever-increasing, weather-related threats. The state's historic drought elevated the wildfire danger to unchartered levels, and El Niño storms are anticipated to be massive. Both wildfires and flooding occur rapidly, forcing evacuations and road closures to neighborhoods. AlertOC is a critical link for residents to immediately learn of any required actions, such as evacuating their homes during an imminent fire.

The distinctive feature of AlertOC is the ability to register more than one contact method at a specific address. Registrations of cell phone and alternate numbers dramatically increase the ability to reach the greatest number of community members within minutes. This enables landlines, cell phones and e-mail addresses to be incorporated into a single notification system.

Residents can take part in National Preparedness Month and prepare for emergencies by registering their cell phone numbers and e-mail address for AlertOC. For more information or to register alternate phone numbers and e-mail addresses, visit

For more information on the City of Anaheim, please visit

*Standard text message rates may apply.

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