As peak fire season approaches, the County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services and the Town of Truckee are urging residents to sign up for emergency alerts in preparation for a test scheduled for August 12. This will be a simultaneous test of the both the CodeRED and Nixle Everbridge Emergency Alert Systems and is scheduled to run throughout the day.
“This is a great opportunity to practice situational awareness. We encourage folks to build in communication redundancies. Residents should be aware of all the tools we use to inform residents of an emergency; hi-lo sirens, radio updates, Internet news, the Ready Nevada County Dashboard, and updates from your 5 emergency allies are all equally important. Of course, your own situational awareness plays a big role. If you see or smell smoke, don’t be afraid to evacuate yourself,” says OES Program Manager, Paul Cummings.
All Nevada County residents are advised to register for CodeRED Emergency Alerts in one of the following ways:
- Visit ReadyNevadaCounty.org/EmergencyAlerts
- Text ReadyNevadaCounty to 99411 and follow the link to complete the registration.
- Call 211 or 1-833-DIAL211 for assistance from a Connecting Point call agent.
CodeRED Emergency Alerts will display as originating from 866-419-5000 or 855-969-4636 on caller ID and residents are encouraged to save these numbers.
The Town of Truckee will conduct a concurrent test of the Nixle Everbridge Emergency Alert System which serves Town of Truckee residents. Truckee residents are encouraged to register for Nixle emergency alerts, in addition to CodeRED. which serves unincorporated Eastern Nevada County, and all Western Nevada County. Truckee Police Department and Truckee Fire Protection District utilize the Nixle Everbridge Emergency Alert System as the primary method of communication during critical incidents which take place within the Town of Truckee and Truckee Fire Protection District limits. Both residents and visitors are encouraged to subscribe to stay informed in an evolving event.
Residents are encouraged to utilize the user-friendly Nixle Everbridge application on mobile devices. Simply text “APP” to 888-777 to receive a link to download the Everbridge Mobile Application. Complete the registration by downloading, installing and opening the app. Insert 96161 to subscribe to the Truckee Police Department and Truckee Fire Protection District.
Robert Womack, Truckee Police Department Emergency Services Coordinator explains, “Both CodeRED and Nixle Everbridge are high-speed mass notification systems designed to notify residents during an evolving situation. Emergency alerts are one of many communication tools we utilize during an emergency, and testing these systems is an important part of our coordinated emergency planning.”