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Sign up for PublicAlerts so you know when an emergency is happening in the Portland-Vancouver Region. Getting info quickly gives you power to take action. It could save your life and the lives of your loved ones.


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Emergency Alerts to Keep You Safe

PublicAlerts sends emergency alerts via text, email, or voice message. It's a *free service for anyone who lives, works, or visits the Portland-Vancouver Region. Personal information is kept secure and private. (*Message and data rates may apply depending on your provider and phone services.)

There Are Several Types of Alert Systems

PublicAlerts is an opt-in system that Emergency Managers can use to send alerts to small, targeted areas. But there are other kinds of alert systems, and it's helpful to understand the differences. Read About Alerts for answers to common questions. 




Don't Know Which County You're In?

Click on the map below, or enter your address to find out. 


State of Washington 


Each County Has a Different System

Each county uses a separate PublicAlerts system. Find your county, and follow the link to sign up. If you spend time in multiple counties, sign up in each county's system.

Can I Text My Zip Code to 888777?

No. Some parts of Oregon, you can text your zip code to 888777 to sign up for emergency alerts. In the Portland Metro Area, we do not use that system. If you try it, it will seem like you are signed up. But the only way to sign up for Portland area alerts is through the links below.    

State of Oregon

  • Clackamas County

  • Columbia County

  • Linn and Benton counties

  • Marion County Includes Aurora, Butteville, Donald, Drakes Crossing, Gervais, Hubbard, Monitor, Mt. Angel, Scotts Mills, Silverton, St. Paul and Woodburn. If you live in Salem, register for the city's notification system.

  • Multnomah County Includes Portland, Gresham, and all other cities and unincorporated areas. For assistance registering, call the Multnomah County Aging and Disability Helpline at (503) 988-3646.
  • Washington County If you live in Tigard, you can register for the city notification system and the Washington County system. All other Washington County residents should only register for the county system.

Only counties shown on the map are supported. Address lookup only available within the Metro area.