Reverse 911, the service that allows recorded emergency alerts to be sent simultaneously to all of the telephones in an area, is now available across much of the Eastside.
The Eastside Regional Communications Center, which provides emergency dispatching for more than a dozen local fire departments, has expanded the coverage of reverse 911 from just Bellevue and Clyde Hill to an area from Mercer Island to Duvall, from Hunts Point to Snoqualmie Pass.
Residents and businesses in that area with land lines will be automatically in the reverse 911 database. People who use a mobile or voice-over-Internet phone as their primary line will not be in the R911 database, but people can register online or by calling 425-452-4157. People signing up must provide their four-digit zip code extensions.
Residents and businesses may enroll in reverse 911 if they receive services from any of the following fire departments: Bellevue, Bothell, Duvall, Fall City, City of Snoqualmie, Snoqualmie Pass, Skykomish, Shoreline, Redmond, North Shore, Kirkland, Woodinville, Mercer Island or Eastside Fire and Rescue.
When a resident or client answers the phone, the recording identifies itself as a reverse 911 message. Emergency information is provided, and an indication is given if there will be a follow-up message. This can be used to warn citizens of fires, chemical spills, gas leaks or other emergencies. People can learn whether they should stay at home or evacuate.
Eastside Regional Communications has been providing 911 services to the greater Eastside for over 20 years. Administered by the Bellevue Police Department, Eastside Comm dispatches police services for Bellevue and Clyde Hill/Hunt's Point and fire services for the majority of East King County.
Online Reverse 911 Registration
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