Get Emergency Alerts
If you want to receive emergency alerts on your cell phone or VoIP phone, you must register your phone with the Marin Emergency Alert system. Landline numbers are automatically entered into the emergency alert system, but cell phone and VoIP numbers are not.
To register your cell phone or VoIP phone, go to www.alertmarin.org. Emergency officials use this system to make rapid incident-specific alerts or potentially life-saving instructions to precise geographically affected areas.
Here are some frequently asked questions about the Marin Emergency Alert system:
1. What is Marin County’s Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS) used for?
The emergency notification system’s primary purpose is to advise you of any situation occurring or about to occur that threatens harm to life and/or property or is deemed dangerous by officials. This may include, but is not limited to, extreme weather, man-made disasters, crime, pandemics, hazardous materials incidents and missing persons.
2. What, if any, of my contact information do you already have in the telephone emergency notification system?
The Marin County’s Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS) uses listed and unlisted/blocked landline numbers provided by AT&T and Verizon.
3. Why am I being asked to use the Self-Registration Portal?
Many people no longer use landlines and/or rely on their cell phones of VoIP phones. If you live, work, or go to school in Marin County and are over 18 years old, you may now register your cell number (to be called and/or texted), email address or VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone number on our secure portal to be contacted in an emergency affecting your Marin County geographic location.
4. Can I register more than one address?
Yes, but you must sign up using a different primary email address.
5. How do I know the information I provide through the Self-Registration Portal is on a secure website and will remain confidential?
Marin County respects your privacy. Your contact information will remain confidential. It will never be sold or released for commercial purposes. Emergency notifications will only be issued to specific geographic areas (depending on need).
Register at www.alertmarin.org.
Area Code Changes Possible
The 415 area code is expected to use up all the available prefixes by October 2015. To ensure that new numbers are available for customers and technology expansion, the California Public Utilities Commission has begun the process to introduce a new area code to the geography now served by the 415 area code. The new area code added to the 415 will be 628.
Public Meeting Public Meeting
San Rafael San Francisco
Thursday, January 17, 2013 Wednesday, January 16, 2013
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. 7 p.m.
San Rafael City Council Chambers California Public Utilities Commission
1400 Fifth Avenue Auditorium
San Rafael, CA 505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA
In addition, there is a Local Jurisdiction meeting for local officials scheduled for Wednesday, January 16, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the California Public Utilities Commission Auditorium, 505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend any of the meetings scheduled. Written comments may be submitted to the Commission’s Public Advisor’s Office at 320 W. 4th Street, Suite 500, Los Angeles, CA 90013, at the Commission’s web comment site http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/415areacode, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, you may call the Area Code Hotline number for more information at (866) 340-6147.
It is the Commission’s policy to schedule hearings in locations that accessible to everyone. If you require additional accessibility assistance, such as a sign language interpreter, please contact the Commission’s Public Advisor’s Office five business days prior to the meeting date toll free at 866-849-8390 or toll free TTY at 866-836-7825.
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