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Testing, testing, 9-1-1

Sometime between Nov. 5 and 9 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., all residents in the Snoqualmie city limits will receive a test phone call from Reverse 911, a notification system that uses a combination of database and GIS mapping technologies to deliver emergency information to the community. The system will test about 5,000 phone numbers total.

"It's the first test of the system, that's why we're pretty excited about it, to see what percentage we cover and how accurate it is," said Bob Rowe, Snoqualmie's fire chief and emergency management director. "We'll feel successful if we can blanket 90 percent of our community."

The recorded message will start with, "This is the city of Snoqualmie's Emergency Management Department with an important recorded message." The system will also recognize if a voicemail system has answered the call. Although it will begin the test message immediately, it will repeat the message again to be sure that the message has also been recorded onto the voicemail system. It assumes that the voicemail greeting is 30 seconds or less.

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