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Portland's Public Alert System Falters During Emergency

OPB | April 21, 2014 12:45 p.m.

Police asked residents in a SW neighborhood to stay inside while they searched for the suspect.

Police asked residents in a SW neighborhood to stay inside while they searched for the suspect.

Eve Epstein / OPB

The community emergency notification system in Portland is coming under fire after failing to call residents as an active shooter roamed the streets.

The public alert system was supposed to send out a warning message in the early hours Wednesday morning telling residents near Multnomah Village of the active shooter and telling them to stay inside. Instead, residents received a test message that did not contain any specific information about the incident. It wasn’t until an hour after the shooting that wounded an officer and killed a police dog that the warning message finally went out.

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  • Carmen Merlo, Director of Portland Bureau of Emergency Management

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