Portland District ready to REACT

In February 2014, during one of Portland's heaviest snowfalls in years, a MAX Red Line train headed for the airport is eastbound on NE Holladay Street at Grand Avenue.  (Photo courtesy of Steve Morgan, Portland resident)

In February 2014, during one of Portland’s heaviest snowfalls in years, a MAX Red Line train headed for the airport is eastbound on NE Holladay Street at Grand Avenue. (Photo courtesy of Steve Morgan, Portland resident)

By Heidi Dimercurio, Public Affairs Office

Portland District’s Emergency Management team is fielding a new Regional Emergency Alert Communication Tool.

REACT will help protect District personnel by providing a flow of communications and acknowledgements before, during and after an incident – keeping personnel informed, obtaining actionable responses and providing crucial administrative information. The new system will notify District personnel of an emergency situation and will be used for notification of natural and weather-related alerts.

REACT will provide alerts to registered users though multiple means. It will provide government computer users on the District network with desktop pop-up alerts. Employees may also register for other alert notifications, including email to personal email accounts, telephone calls to cell and/or landline and text messaging. Users who receive alerts can respond to acknowledge receipt of the message and provide additional status information, if requested by the system operator. In addition to entering their work emails and phone numbers, users may also voluntarily elect to receive notification via their personal phone numbers and email addresses.

All contact information within REACT will only be seen by authorized administrators and use of this information will be strictly for official notifications. Portland District’s goal is to quickly reach 100 percent of the affected employee population in the event of an emergency and to rapidly provide employees with key or critical information.

ODOT crews work to clear debris from a clogged culvert along Oregon 38. The January 2012 storm washed mud and lots of debris into culverts, eroding the road shoulder and flooding the highway. (Photo courtesy of Oregon Department of Transportation)

ODOT crews work to clear debris from a clogged culvert along Oregon 38. The January 2012 storm washed mud and lots of debris into culverts, eroding the road shoulder and flooding the highway. (Photo courtesy of Oregon Department of Transportation)

Training for Emergency Management personnel, Security and Safety personnel, operating project managers and their designated operators and administrators of the system has already begun.

Additional onsite trainings are scheduled. Exercises and system drills to validate the system’s operational capability will take place through early fall.If you have questions please contact Tracy Bell via email.

REACT is a product of AtHoc, Inc., the leading provider of mass notification and emergency communication technologies to the U.S. Government. They have deployments around the world and are currently protecting over two million military and federal government personnel. ®