Humboldt County rolls out new emergency notification system

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EUREKA- On Wednesday, March 25, the National Weather Service will test out it's tsunami sirens and notification systems. Meanwhile, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office will be having a test of it's own.

The county's new emergency notification system was completed this month. The upgrade now allows residents to register their cell phones, email addresses and land lines to receive text and voice notifications during an emergency. The Sheriff's Office dispatch will send the alerts to residents depending on their location. The notifications will cover anything from serious crime to weather and earthquakes. The Office of Emergency Services is encouraging everyone to sign up online at to receive the test notifications Wednesday.

"This will be the first time that we have sent out a message using the new system so we're interested in  feedback, timing, we want to make sure that the emergency messaging is getting to everybody as quickly as possible," Interim Emergency Services Manager Dorie Lanni. "There's not a delay so that we're notifying the public as quickly as possible."

The new system is costing the Sheriff's Office $12,000 per year.