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Second test works for city emergency notification system

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Second time was a charm for the city's test of its emergency notification system.

Thursday's test of the system operated by First Call of Boca Raton, La., contacted all of the 328,427 people targeted across the city by 5:50 p.m. The test began at 11 a.m., and First Call originally thought it could complete the test in three hours, but the company over estimated the call load on Portland's landline system, according to city officials.

First Call's previous attempt last month, it reached less than 1 percent of the targeted population.

'We're relieved that First Call overcame its technical problems and pulled this off,' said Carmen Merlo, Portland Bureau of Emergency Management director. 'We now have reasonable confidence this system can reach any number of Portlanders when needed.'