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Monday Poll: Disaster calling

Submitted by on 1, April 25, 2011 – 12:02 am2 Comments

What’s the best way to reach you when the big one strikes? After some bumpy communication efforts in the past – including what residents have complained was spotty outreach during the 2009 Fleet Industrial Supply Center fire that sent a cloud of black smoke and debris over much of the Island and better but still less-than-optimal notification of a more recent gas leak on Bay Farm Island – the Alameda Fire Department is putting together a plan that officials there hope will better enable them to keep you posted during an emergency.

The city has a radio channel for emergencies, 1280 AM, but it doesn’t quite reach Bay Farm Island. It also recently installed the CodeRED phone messaging system, but Alameda Fire Department Division Chief Rick Zombeck said that few people have signed up so far.

So how can they get a hold of you? Take our poll and let us know. (For extra credit, feel free to add anything we didn’t think of – and tell us what kind of information you’ll want to get – in the comments section below.)

In the meantime, if you’re thinking it’s high time to get prepared for the inevitable big quake, check out this website for more information on how to proceed.

How can you be reached when the big one hits?

  • By phone (47%, 17 Votes)
  • By radio (22%, 8 Votes)
  • By e-mail (14%, 5 Votes)
  • Just come to my house if you can (14%, 5 Votes)
  • Twitter (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Facebook (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 36

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2 Comments »

  • John says:

    I wished you included text message. I have not had a land line in 10 years

  • Craig Long says:

    Add me to the few who have signed up for CodeRED notifications. I had no idea this service was available until now…Why? I want to be notified by all realistic means possible. Wired phone, mobile phone, both voice and text, and email. These are all provided by codeRED
    *if you sign up*.

    Add to the list mass market media via the emergency notification system and news flashes on commercial stations.

    Do we have a siren system in place? Berkeley does and tests it every 4th Wednesday at noon. Rather comforting IMO.

    bz

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