PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

9/8/2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:090817A
Subject:
Sign-up Now to Receive Emergency Alerts from the City of Long Beach
Contact:
Reginald Harrison, Director
Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications,
562.570.9250
Reginald.Harrison@longbeach.gov




The recent wildland fires in Los Angeles and the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in the State of Texas and Hurricane Irma on the eastern seaboard, serves as reminders of the importance of being prepared for man-made and natural disasters. Residents are urged to sign-up for AlertLongbeach to receive emergency alert notifications. AlertLongBeach is a free emergency notification system that provides those who live or work in Long Beach with important information before, during and after a major emergency or disaster.

"Long Beach residents and businesses are urged to sign-up to receive emergency alerts via cell phone, text message and e-mail," said Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. "Residents and businesses benefit when they receive and follow early warnings from public safety personnel of pending dangers.”

Launched over one year ago, AlertLongBeach sends emergency messages to registrants to inform them of what has happened, what first responders are doing and what actions should be taken to protect themselves and preserve property.

"AlertLongBeach sends a concise, clear message when major emergencies or disasters impacts businesses, schools, hospitals and residents that have signed-up in the system," said Reggie Harrison, Director of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications. “AlertLongBeach also provides us with the ability to send messages in multiple languages and American Sign Language videos.”

Residents may sign-up for AlertLongBeach on the City's website, www.longbeach.gov. All that is required is a cell phone number, or email address and home or business address. When a disaster strikes in the City of Long Beach, alert messages will be sent.

Although the AlertLongBeach system has access to listed and unlisted home and business phone numbers from telephone carrier 9-1-1 databases, most people work away from home and others no longer have a home phone. AlertLongBeach provides an opportunity for residents to register their cell phone, e-mail address and text message information to ensure they receive emergency alerts.

About Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications
The mission of the Department of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications is to protect the lives and property of the community and first responders through comprehensive planning, training and communication to ensure that daily requests for emergency services, as well as response, recovery, and mitigation for major emergencies and disasters is completed in an effective and efficient manner.

For additional information on tsunamis or other disaster preparedness topics, please visit our website at www.longbeach.gov/DisasterPreparedness. To stay tuned to disaster preparedness news and information, follow us on Twitter @LongBeachReady or “Like” us on Facebook @LongBeachDisasterPreparedness.