Emergency Alerts

When emergencies strike, public safety officials use timely and reliable systems to alert you. This page describes different warning alerts you can get and how to get them. Text your zip code to 888777 to opt-in.

Wireless Emergency Alerts

Wireless Emergency Alerts are just one of the ways public safety officials can quickly and effectively alert the public to serious emergencies.

  • Wireless Emergency Alerts can be sent by state and local public safety officials, the National Weather Service, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the United States president.
  • Wireless Emergency Alerts look like text messages but are designed to get your attention with a unique sound and vibration repeated twice.
  • Wireless Emergency Alerts are no more than 360 characters and include the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, and the agency issuing the alert.
  • Wireless Emergency Alerts are not affected by network congestion and will not disrupt texts, calls, or data sessions that are in progress.
  • You are not charged for receiving WEAs and there is no need to subscribe.

NOAA Weather Radio

NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations that broadcast continuous weather information from the nearest National Weather Service office based on your physical location.

  • NWR broadcasts official warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • NWR also broadcasts alerts of non-weather emergencies such as national security or public safety threats through the Emergency Alert System.