At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, the City of Sacramento, in conjunction with Sacramento, Placer, and Yolo Counties, will conduct a test of the Regional Emergency Notification System.

More than 300,000 residents from the tri-county region will receive a test call from Sacramento Alert, the County’s mass notification system. The drill will replicate a large-scale emergency requiring thousands of numbers to be called simultaneously.

“The primary objective of this regional exercise is to test the system’s capability, capacity and effectiveness to deliver emergency notifications to the public in the event of a major hazard,” said Daniel Bowers Director of Emergency Management. “To ensure safety for you and your family during an emergency event, the City recommends all citizens to sign up for emergency notifications today.”

The Sacramento-Alert test will include a recorded message to all in-service landline phones. Wireless devices and email addresses will receive a text-based message only if the user has opted in to Sacramento-Alert.

To opt in, visit www.Sacramento-Alert.org

To sign up, residents should do the following:

  1. Visit Sacramento-Alert.org, provide personal information, select a username, password, and security question.
  1. Select how you’d like to be contacted, such as cell phone, text, and/or landline.
  1. Register one or multiple addresses such as home or work address. The system serves Sacramento County, Placer County, and Yolo County.

During an actual disaster, residents can expect to receive Sacramento Alerts in conjunction with Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), which deliver text-based messages to active wireless devices regardless of opting in.

The most recent WEA test was conducted in October 2018 by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).