Berks

Local emergency responders ready for Boston-like incident

Local emergency responders ready for Boston-like incident

READING, Pa. - The lockdown in the Boston area has caught the attention of emergency response officials in Berks County.

Since early Friday morning, millions were told to stay inside their homes in Boston and its nearby suburbs as police and military officials went door to door, with weapons drawn, looking for Suspect No. 2, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, allegedly responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings.

His older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, known to the FBI as Suspect No. 1, was killed overnight, officials said.

Since this type of incident can happen anytime, anywhere, Berks County officials said they are prepared to use a reverse 911 system to get vital information to residents.

"Well, it helps us to be able to alert a large percentage of the population than we could in the past," said Jim Conrad, emergency municipal coordinator.

The reverse 911 system is operated through the Reading Water Authority and does not automatically contact cell phones, officials said.

They said you must register your cell phone number with the agency to make sure you receive those alerts on your mobile phone.

"These incidents, isolated incidents are hard to prepare for because they may not occur in your whole lifetime, but then again, it could happen more than once. So you always have to be prepared for it," said Conrad.


DISCLAIMER FOR COMMENTS: The views expressed by public comments are not those of this company or its affiliated companies. Please note by clicking on "Post" you acknowledge that you have read the TERMS OF USE  and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Your comments may be used on air. Be polite. Inappropriate posts or posts containing offsite links may be removed by the moderator.

Allentown, PA 18102

34°F

Overcast

TONIGHT

22°F

  • %

This Week's Circulars

Top Stories

Latest from the newsroom

More from the Newsroom