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Dispatch center will test emergency alert system Nov. 1

The Dakota Communications Center will do a mass notification call Nov. 1. Before that, officials want residents to be aware that they can sign up to be notified in the case of emergencies in the area.

The DCC operates the Emergency Alert System. The system allows the DCC to notify people of emergencies such as gas leaks, pandemics, floods, nuclear situations and other disasters, said DCC operations director Cheryl Pritzlaff.

The Nov. 1 call will be a test of the system. Pritzlaff said the center changed vendors and wants to make sure things are working properly. The center also wants to makes residents aware of the system and encourage them to register.

As part of the test call, Pritzlaff said residents can expect to hear a recorded message that will explain the Emergency Alert System and usher them to the DCC's website to register. The calls will be made between 6 and 7 p.m. Nov. 1.

The mass notification system can notify residents through a number of methods including phone calls, emails and text messages. Pritzlaff said the system can be enacted countywide or in specific areas. For example, the system was used to find a vulnerable adult who went missing in Eagan a few weeks ago. In that instance, Pritzlaff said, residents in the area where the adult went missing were notified. However, Pritzlaff said they system is not used frivolously.

Because the center changed vendors, Pritzlaff said even if you registered with the DCC before it's a good idea to do it again. The system is powered by Everbridge.

Registering takes just a few minutes. Click on the large banner at Residents who don't have access to the internet or need assistance can call Troy Ruby at 651-322-8646.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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