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Safety commission reviews Halloween flood response

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The emergency response to the city’s Halloween floods was under review at Austin Public Safety Commission meeting Monday night.

Fire officials say the seven people who died in the floodwaters were swept away in their cars or near a waterway.

The Austin Fire Department is now trying to decide whether to evacuate residents from their homes in future flood events or tell them to stay put.

Officials say they also need to find a way to better utilize reverse 9-1-1. The program allows people to register their cell phone numbers and associate them with their home address.

AFD Chief of Staff Terry Evans said the reverse 9-1-1 program was available to the city by 2007. After the 2011 wildfires, over 60,000 people registered for the service.

“There's a lot more that we can do with that tool,” Evans said.”We need to endeavor and find out what that is so that we can use it to its fullest extent."

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