Date: November 16, 2010
For more information contact
Doug Ahlberg, Emergency Management, 402-441-7441
Dave Norris, Citizen Information Center, 402-441-7547
"First Call" Now Available For Mobile Phone Use
Lancaster County Emergency Management Director Doug Ahlberg today announced the "First Call" emergency notification system is now able to alert individuals of emergencies through their mobile phones. Previously, "First Call" issued alerts only through land line phones.
First Call Interactive Network is an emergency notification system used by federal and state agencies, local municipalities, universities and industries across the nation.
Ahlberg said the system has been used to alert Lincoln and Lancaster County residents of severe weather. This year, it is also being used to inform residents of parking bans due to snow removal efforts. To receive the alerts, residents must register their mobile phones online at alertregistration.com/lancaster/. Land line phones do not need to be registered.
"Many people no longer have land line phones and rely on their mobile devices, so we are very pleased that First Call notification will be extended to them," said Ahlberg. "When the Mayor declares a snow emergency or a parking ban, citizens will have that information relayed to them immediately with First Call. This will be a tremendous enhancement to our emergency communications capabilities with the public."