Rapid Notify

The 7.9-magnitude earthquake which struck near Kodiak in January generated plenty of tsunami alerts -- though little in the way of actual tsunamis -- throughout coastal communities in the Gulf of Alaska, including here on the Kenai Peninsula.

Unfortunately, many people who needed to be notified of potential doom were not able to be reached because of limitations in the equipment the borough's Office of Emergency Management uses to contact citizens in times of crisis.

  On Saturday when a three-year-old child wandered away from his home near Sterling, several agencies mobilized for the search. But officials also enlisted the help of area residents through its "Rapid Notify" system.

Missing toddler found after 90-minute search

Aug 28, 2017

Searchers looked for an hour and a half on Saturday morning after a three-year-old child went missing from a home on Chas Ross Road in Sterling.

According to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch, four agencies, including Wildlife Troopers, state park rangers and Central Emergency Services, joined good Samaritans in the search, after the preschooler and his dog were reported missing at about 8 Saturday morning.

The Soldotna Public Safety Communications Center also used a "Reverse 9-1-1" phone call system called "Rapid Notify" to alert residents in the area of Chas Ross Road.