County Blah

Why do we have a reverse-911 sys­tem, if the coun­ty won’t use it to tell us things like, “Hey, we had a water main break and you need to boil your water before using it.”

We’ve had so many water main breaks in the last year that I’m glad we don’t drink tap water, any­way (even with boil­ing, it tastes nasty to me). We do cook with it, though.

Oh–I guess since we don’t have (or want) a land­line, they would­n’t call us any­way, would they? It seems to me that cell phones should be includ­ed some­how, based on the address on the account or where you are when an alert goes out, or some­thing. Since more and more peo­ple don’t both­er with land­lines, that’s a sig­nif­i­cant issue.

So, yeah, boil­ing water ’til Wednes­day after­noon at the very least. I’m glad I looked at the local news­pa­per’s website!

Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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  1. Some­time a cou­ple of years ago, one after­noon I got sev­er­al calls in a peri­od of 1/2 an hour that our water was going to be cut off and that we’d be under a boil warn­ing. It was from the City of Atlanta. It would have been great warn­ing except that I’m on Dekalb Coun­ty water and that I did­n’t get 10 calls in that short peri­od. :p

  2. That’s weird. I won­der if Dekalb gets water from Atlanta or something?

    I real­ized after writ­ing the post that the water peo­ple cer­tain­ly have our phone num­bers, so they could eas­i­ly set up a sys­tem to call peo­ple in affect­ed areas.

  3. Well, that could eas­i­ly be done, with a com­put­er, a soft­ware appli­ca­tion, and an auto­mat­ed call­ing system…

    HOWEVER…That would make sense, be prac­ti­cal as well as eco­nom­i­cal, and make life eas­i­er on people…

    and who wants THAT?

  4. I hear ya on the water thing. We get the boil-water notices BY MAIL usu­al­ly days after the order is over. We had our very first ever reverse 911 call the oth­er day about a miss­ing woman with Alzheimer’s. I kin­da wish they’d do them for Amber alerts too.

  5. They should def­i­nite­ly do them for Amber alerts! I’m sur­prised that they don’t, already.

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