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People may need to sign up for emergency alert systems

Eugene Police Department says people may need to sign up for an emergency alert system to get notifications.

Posted: Nov 28, 2017 8:13 PM
Updated: Nov 29, 2017 9:38 AM

EUGENE, Ore.-- Community members say they weren't notified of a dangerous situation Monday night. KEZI looked into how to the city goes about telling people when to be on high alert. 

The Eugene Police Department said there is an emergency alert system in place, but it is only activated in high level situations, like a disaster or crisis.

EPD said they thought about activating the system Monday night, but they had officers in the area, so it wasn't necessary.

One community member wishes she had been alerted, though, her cousin was outside during the event. He was mistaken for a suspect, and bitten by a K9 officer. She said if the family was alerted, he may have not gotten hurt. 

"I don't think my cousin would have gotten hurt because he would have closed all of the doors. because he was out working on his truck and he had all the garage doors open," Lola Hoper said. 

Police say they did notify people via social media. They reccomend people follow thier accounts so they can stay safe. 

They also said people should sign up for mobile alerts if they don't have a landline. That can be done on the Lane County Government website. 

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