Sacramento is updating its emergency alert system. Sign up by Oct. 1 to continue receiving notifications

As Sacramento County updates its emergency alert system, the City of Sacramento’s Office of Emergency Management is urging residents to ensure they are enrolled in “Sacramento Alert,” a service that notifies residents of emergencies and important updates.

The service, which can send phone calls, text messages and emails, is available to residents in Sacramento, Yolo and Placer counties or anyone who wants to receive updates.

Sacramento County on Jan. 1, along with incorporated cities within its jurisdiction, transitioned to a new emergency alert system. This means to receive emergency and community alerts, residents must go to and create an account before October 1, 2023.

This does not affect those who registered at on or after Jan. 1, 2023.

“Signing up for Sacramento Alert is a simple yet highly effective way to protect yourself and your family during emergencies,” said Daniel Bowers, the City’s emergency management director. “It takes only a few minutes to sign up for alerts that will help safeguard you and your family should there be an emergency. We encourage everyone to register.”

To sign up, people need to register their contact information on the service’s website and opt-in to receive notifications and alerts. Here are the steps:

  • Visit and provide basic information, select a username, set a password and security question
  • Select how you prefer to be contacted, such as cell phone, text, and/or landline
  • Register one or multiple addresses such as home or work address

This does not affect wireless emergency alerts which are sent to connected devices regardless if they sign up for Sacramento Alert.

The City also uses FacebookTwitterNextdoor and email announcements along with news releases to the media to provide updates about emergencies and general news.

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