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EMS Tests Emergency Notification System

EUGENE, Ore. — Many of you likely got an emergency test call to your phones Tuesday afternoon.

Local emergency agencies met at their command center for the test. They focused on the South Hills in the event that area would need to be evacuated because of a wildfire.

It successfully reached about 3,200 telephone numbers in 10 south Eugene areas.

The biggest challenge for the emergency call is that there are so many more people who use cell phones instead of landlines.

“It’s very important for us to have the information to contact you because in the event that we do have to perform an evacuation it can take hours to get everybody out of a neighborhood, and we want to make sure we don’t have a delay from a neighborhood to a shelter,” said Deputy Chief Joe Zaludek, Eugene Fire Department.

If you aren’t registered with the community emergency notification system, click here.

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