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As part of a test of Los Alamos County’s emergency all-call notification system late last month nearly 12,000 calls were made, but County Emergency Management Specialist Phil Taylor said some of those numbers aren’t in use anymore or go to fax machines and other devices.
“We don’t need to have that thing in our database,” he said.
County residents’ home phone numbers have either been entered automatically in the Florida-based CodeRED system through commercially available data sources or residents have signed up themselves, and some of those numbers have been in the system since after the Cerro Grande fire in 2000.
But Taylor said the unused numbers can slow down the system even though he said the time lost is likely negligible.
“We’re kind of lucky because the total number that we have in this system is 12,000,” he said. “That’s tiny compared to (Los Angeles) or Albuquerque or Santa Fe.”
Even so, Taylor said it’s about efficiency and the database needs to be purged of those unused numbers. He said a system that would make the fewest number of calls, but reach the highest number of people would be ideal.
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