Consider registering in advance for the regional mass notification system; City to send TEST message out Thursday, Oct. 19, at 10:19 a.m. to about 72,000 citizens

As California fires rage, the City is urging residents to prepare for the next emergency. Prepare for a natural or human-caused disaster – events that often occur with little to no warning.

Register to receive emergency alert messages. Go to Sacramento-Alert.org.

It takes a few minutes, but it could save a life. If you have a cell phone or digital landline and have not registered, your number will not be in the emergency call list.

Entering your phone number and address will allow public safety officials to text, and/or call cell phones or landline phones in the event of an emergency. Also register your family members so they can receive alerts. You can also receive an alert about something occurring at additional addresses such as that of a family member’s residence, school or office.

As part of the effort to increase registrations, a TEST message will be sent by the City of Sacramento Office of Emergency Services to all 72,000 current subscribers on Thursday, Oct. 19, at approximately 10:19 a.m. Sacramento County and cities in the county are also doing a test at that time.

The City also encourages people to sign up family members and friends who do not use computers.

Signing up at Sacramento-Alert.org is easy and information is protected. This is one account that could save your life.

  1. Provide your personal information and select a username, password, and security question.
  2. Select how you’d like to be contacted, such as cell phone, text, and/or landline.
  3. Register one or multiple addresses to get alerts about the places that mean the most to you, such as your home address, work address, your parent’s address, or your children’s school. This system serves Sacramento County, Placer County, and Yolo County.
  4. Select the type of alerts you’d like to receive. The City suggests you subscribe to the “Emergency” category and “City of Sacramento” that can be found under the Sacramento County category. If you live or work in another area, you should sign up for alerts in those areas as well. Multiple locations such as work, parent or children’s school address can also be selected.

Having trouble?

If Sacramento residents HAVE registered and do not receive a test notification on Oct. 19, they are encouraged to check their accounts first at sacramento-alert.org, and then if necessary, call 211 for more information.