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Thursday, April 01, 2010

Bill Bell

Did the Mayor really use the city's new reverse 911 system to remind people to fill out their census forms?

I didn't get a call, but other people seem to have.

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8 Comments:

  • I got one, and I live out in the county!

    By Blogger Matt Nash, at 11:09 AM  

  • Did you sign up to be alerted through Code Red, or did they have your number from some other means?

    By Blogger Barry, at 11:12 AM  

  • I wonder if it was basically a test. Not a bad thing to use as a test, IMO.

    By Blogger Michael Bacon, at 11:36 AM  

  • There have been a couple of uses of the system via phone and email in the past 2 weeks.

    Some people seem to be upset that this wasn't a real emergency situation.

    city's website says:

    This message system will only be used for emergency purposes

    Examples of times when the CodeRED system could be utilized:

    * Drinking water contamination
    * Utility outage
    * Evacuation notice & route
    * Missing person
    * Fires or floods
    * Bomb threat
    * Hostage situation
    * Chemical spill or gas leak
    * Other emergency incidents where rapid and accurate notification is essential for life safety


    Not the smartest thing Bill Bell has done, if you ask me.

    By Blogger Barry, at 11:41 AM  

  • I don't have a land line, so I can't comment.

    Seems like a clear abuse of the system based on those written use cases. I know that filling out the census forms and mailing them saves money and everything, but this is hardly an emergency.

    Is there a way to opt out of this? If not, there should be. If so, I imagine a lot of people will do so as a result of this stunt.

    By Blogger Jeremy T, at 12:27 PM  

  • We got the call…at least this time it was during the day and not at 11PM like when Edna went missing on some obscure street across town.

    By Blogger Stephen, at 4:43 PM  

  • Couldn't he just tweet it?

    By OpenID mrsdependable, at 8:13 PM  

  • I didn't sign up to be alerted. I'm in the phone book, and I have called 911 from that phone. I got a Code Red call last week about a 76-year-old man with dementia who had gone missing.

    I don't particularly mind either call, but I was kind of surprised that they used it for the census. Then again, I'm not one of those who believes that the census results are going to tell the black helicopters where to land.

    By Blogger Matt Nash, at 10:55 PM  

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