OakAlert Helps County Residents Prepare for Emergencies

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In the event of an emergency, it is critically important for you to be prepared and informed. Oakland County‘s emergency notification system, OakAlert, empowers residents to be aware of extreme incidents throughout the county, such as:

  • Chemical spills impacting public health
  • Outdoor warning siren activation (will not include other weather watches, warnings, or advisories)
  • Active assailant situations causing an evacuation or shelter-in-place orders
  • Significant road closures such as a highway closure, not lane closures or daily traffic incidents
  • Closure or interruption in service of county operations
  • Additional notifications affecting the health and safety of the county

It takes just 90 seconds to sign up and could be the difference in how you face the next emergency.

Everyone should have a plan during emergencies and a method to accept notifications in different modes, i.e., NOAA weather radios, television, phone application, etc. Please ensure your device can receive and interpret messages or alerts that are issued.

OakAlert notifications of emergencies, disasters, or hazardous situations that would require immediate action will use email or text messaging to the devices registered online.

The messages will be limited to:

  • Imminent or perceived threats to life or property
  • Disaster notifications
  • Evacuation notices
  • Public Health emergencies
  • Public Safety emergencies

The purpose of OakAlert is to provide accurate and helpful information to concerned citizens, businesses, and governmental agencies. It is a free, voluntary service. Alerts will be sent via text and email, so standard messaging rates may apply. Information submitted will be kept confidential and not be released to any third party.

Non-emergency Oakland County information can be received by subscribing to the Oakland County Digital Subscription service for news from county departments or municipalities.

Stay connected with Oakland County’s Department of Emergency Management by visiting their website and following them on Facebook and Twitter.

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