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EPD’s Emergency Notifications

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EUGENE, Ore. — The autopsy is complete on a man found dead at a Eugene home Saturday, but those results haven’t been released yet. Police found Tyler Alexander, 27, at a house on Woodside Drive, in the Cal Young area. Investigators say Alexander didn’t live at the house.

The chaotic scene Saturday morning frightened neighbors, which is why Eugene Police has urged people to sign up for a service that keeps you informed during an emergency.

In situations like this, police typically send out reverse 911 notifications. But EPD says with more people choosing mobile phones over land lines, it wants people to know how to get updated on their cell phones.

All Tom Berglund saw Saturday morning was police running around in front of his home.

“We’re a pretty tight neighborhood, but certainly don’t know everything that’s going on,” said Berglund.

Police and firefighters swarmed Woodside Drive after neighbors reported a house fire, gunshots, and a body on the scene.

When emergencies like this happen, law enforcement says they send out a community emergency notification system, called CENS, to inform neighbors on what’s going on.

“Certainly when something’s in the middle of happening, it’ll be great to have some kind of notification from police on what’s going on and keep our heads down. That kind of thing,” Berglund said.

EPD says it had prepared a message to out to residents in the neighborhood that morning; but the scene was secure before it was activated, so it didn’t go out.

Even if it did, only people with land lines would have received the message. Cell phone users have to sign up for the notifications.

“Signing up for this service, people can be sure that they’re not going to miss out on really important notifications about what’s happening in their neighborhood. It will also help them avoid driving into harm’s way,” said Linda Cook, Lane County Emergency Manager.

Cook highly encourages all residents to sign up.

“This is important. We really want our local residents to sign up for this service because it’s one of the best ways we have to inform them of something serious happening in their neighborhood,” Cook said.
“If there’s a need to keep our head down and keep our grand kids safe, keep our families safe, keep safe ourselves, it’s great to have that notification from police,” Berglund said.

Neighbors say although they didn’t receive the notifications. Police did go door to door letting people know what was going on and seeing if they had any questions.

For more information on how to sign up, click here or go to http://bit.ly/1hiRfq7.

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  1. Dan says:

    Do you have a link where folks can sign up? Might help to include that in the article… :-)

    1. KEZI Staff says:

      Click here to sign up: http://bit.ly/1hiRfq7

  2. Gayle Moore says:

    I need the actual link for the emergency wireless opt-in.

    1. KEZI Staff says:

      You can sign up by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1hiRfq7

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