Cell users invited to sign up for reverse 911

January 11, 2008 4:50:22 AM PST
Operators of the state's reverse 911 system say people may miss lifesaving phone calls because they have given up their landlines for cell phones. Landlines, both listed and unlisted, automatically get the calls. But cell phone users need to call a special number to get signed up.

The company that handles the system for the state, FirstCall, say just 57 cell phone users have signed up for the service in Delaware.

FirstCall says it will unveil a Web site next week that will allow people to sign up multiple phone numbers, and elect to receive text messages and e-mails in case of an emergency.

The state has only used the reverse 911 system once, after a chemical spill near Dover in 2006. To register a cell phone through First Call, dial (866) 484-3264.


Information from: WBOC-TV, http://www.wboc.com/