Los Angeles County has implemented an emergency mass notification system that will be used to contact County residents and businesses via recorded phone messages, text messages or e-mail messages in case of emergency. The system, called Alert LA County, will be used by the County’s Emergency Operations Center to notify residents and businesses of emergencies or critical situations and provide information regarding necessary actions, such as evacuations. The system utilizes the telephone companies’ 911 database and is able to contact land-line telephone numbers, whether listed or unlisted. If the call is picked up by an answering machine, the system will leave a recorded message. If the number called is busy or does not answer, the system will redial the number in an attempt to deliver the message. The system is also TTY/TDD compatible.
Because the Alert LA County system uses the 911 database, only land-line numbers are automatically included in the system. If you have a cellular or Voice over IP number and would like to be notified on that device, or if you would like an e-mail notification, you must register those telephone numbers and/or e-mail address. You can do so by visiting the website at Alert LA County and follow the instructions provided.
Because the Alert LA County system uses geomaping, each telephone number and/or e-mail address can only be associated with one street address in the system.
If it becomes necessary to evacuate portions of Topanga during a wildland fire, this will most likely be done according to the Topanga Tactical Zones. If and when you receive a call from Alert LA County, it is important that you listen to the ENTIRE message in order to ensure that you do not miss information that may pertain to your particular zone.
A sample message you might receive will be posted shortly.