County will test its alert system Friday
The Yamhill County Emergency Management department, in conjunction with the sheriff's office, will hold a county-wide test of its Yamhill County Alerts system at 10 a.m. Friday.
The notification system is used to notify county residents when there is a life-threatening emergency, such as a wind storm or earthquake, or when local notifications are necessary, such as when there is a boil water order or major utility disruption. The system works via phone calls, emails or text messages and will go out to all residential land lines as well as those who have signed up for cell phone alerts. Business phones will be excluded from the exercise.
When the test begins the calls and messages will clearly state that fact and "be followed up with some general information on what to expect if this were an actual emergency," a release from sheriff's office said.
Residents may sign up for alerts via text, email or cell phone call for free on the Yamhill County Emergency Management home page at www.co.yamhill.or.us/emergency-management and follow the link for "Yamhill County Alerts."