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Tuesday, October 20, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Spokane County requests cellphone registration for emergency alerts

With the continued decline of wired telephone customers, Spokane County officials are urging cellphone users to sign up to receive alerts about wildfires, hazardous spills, dangerous criminals and other emergencies. Residents with traditional landlines are automatically registered to receive calls when an emergency occurs near their homes or businesses.

County dials up alert for 911 warnings

For several years now, Spokane County’s 911 system has had the ability to notify people of potential danger nearby – a wildfire evacuation, a gunman on the loose, even a water system contamination. But the 4-year-old emergency community warning system has a major flaw: So many people have switched to cellphones and Web voice communications that the ability to reach people in an emergency is limited, county officials said Tuesday.