How do you plan to get information before, during and after an emergency?  Here are some ways to receive information from local authorities, agencies and businesses.

Public Alerts

PublicAlerts.Org is a portal to the community notification system for Multnomah County.  Here you can sign up to receive emergency voice and/or data messages on your cell phone, Voice-Over-IP (VOIP or internet-based) phone, email or phone provided by a cable TV carrier.  If you have a published landline phone, it will automatically be added to the system.  Your information is safe and will only be used for emergency notifications. 

FlashAlert Newswire

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The FlashAlert Newswire system gives you access to emergency messages, such as breaking news or weather closure information, from local agencies, schools, universities, businesses and churches who subscribe to use the service.  The service is free for message recipients and you can customize how you receive your messages.

Weather Alerts


Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  You can purchase an NOAA Weather Radio, which can be customized to your county and the types of weather events you want to be alerted to.  

Local Radio and Television Stations

Local radio and television news stations report and help communicate important information during an emergency.  Also, when activated, Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages are transmitted to both TV and radio (an audible tone followed by voice instruction or scrolling text).  The EAS is a national public warning system that requires broadcasters to provide communications capability during emergencies to local, state and federal authorities.

Learning More About Different Types of Emergencies

Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as making an emergency supply kit and developing a family emergency plan, can be used in any type of emergency whether man-made or natural.  However, there are differences among potential emergencies that impact the decisions you make and the actions you take.  Learn about the types of emergencies that can happen where you live or work and ways to stay informed during an emergency.