The Deschutes Alert System (DAS) can be used to notify the public with important information during an emergency. Emergencies happen with little or no notice at any time of the day or night. With DAS, we can relay critical information to you about natural disasters or other emergencies that require your immediate attention. The service area for DAS includes Deschutes County, Crooked River Ranch, and Camp Sherman in the State of Oregon.
Until recently, emergency personnel would use DAS to call land-line telephones but did not have the capability to include Wireless (cellular) or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone numbers. Now, owners of VoIP or cellular phone lines can receive the same emergency message as those with land-line phones receive, but ONLY IF THEY REGISTER.
In the event of an emergency, Deschutes County officials can identify an affected area and, if necessary, send a message that describes the situation and recommend protective actions residents should take. The DAS system will automatically call out to all land-line and opt-in telephone numbers within that geographic area and deliver the recorded message once a voice is heard. If your phone line is busy, the system will attempt to redial the number three times to make contact. If an answering machine or voice mail system picks up the call, an emergency message will be recorded.
Example events that may trigger a DAS alert
Emergency Evacuations (Fire, Flooding, Public Welfare, etc.)
Natural Disasters (Fire, Flooding, etc.)
Missing or Endangered Children or Elderly
Hazardous Material Incidents
As with any system, DAS has limitations
If linked to a specific address, the location of the cell phone number becomes essentially fixed to that location. This could lead to the situation of a cell phone being notified when the user is mobile and well out of the affected area. Or conversely, the situation where the user is mobile, is in the affected area, but is not notified because the fixed location of the number is in an unaffected area. Please consider this when registering cell phone information for addition to the database.
Keep in mind that DAS is an excellent enhancement to our effort to share emergency information with our citizens, but registration will not guarantee notification of any specific event. You are still encouraged to visit our website and to stay tuned to local news channels and radio stations during a community crisis.