Be on the lookout on August 4 as Seattle police officers, firefighters and emergency management staff begin spreading the word about AlertSeattle, a new, real-time emergency alert and notification system. With AlertSeattle in place, Seattle now has a way to send out messages to the public with information on what to do when emergencies like earthquakes, explosions, flooding or other disasters happen. This system is free and available to anyone who lives, works, travels through or visits Seattle.
“AlertSeattle will provide real-time emergency alerts and notifications, serving as a unified and official voice from the City of Seattle,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “These notifications will improve safety in our city and help inform city residents and visitors of potentially lifesaving actions they may need to take during emergency events.”
Barb Graff, Director of Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management, encourages Seattle residents and visitors to enroll. “With AlertSeattle, individuals receive official communication directly from the City of Seattle. People can customize what alerts they want to receive and how they want to be notified. Getting good information out quickly is critical during emergencies, and AlertSeattle is an excellent tool for people to stay informed.”
In addition to emergency alerts, the public can also sign-up to receive community notifications about severe weather, safety, health, utility service disruptions, major traffic incidents, preparedness events and more.
To sign up go to: alert.seattle.gov and set up a user profile. All user information is private and will not be distributed in any manner. The service itself is provided by the City of Seattle at no cost; however, message and data rates may apply.