Be informed before during and after an emergency. Sign up for or learn about ways to receive information from local authorities, agencies and businesses.
Columbia Alert Network
- a high-speed telephone dialing service used to notify citizens and businesses of important information. Notifications are delivered to targeted geographic areas by telephone call or electronic messages like text messaging or email
- a portal to the community notification system for Columbia, Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties. Sign up to receive emergency voice and/or data messages on your cell phone, Voice-Over-IP (VOIP or internet-based) phone, email or phone provided by a cable TV carrier. If you have a published landline phone, it will automatically be added to the system. Your information is safe and will only be used for emergency notifications.
- a system that gives you access to emergency messages, such as breaking news or weather closure information, from local agencies, schools, universities, businesses and churches that subscribe to use the service. The service is free for message recipients and you can customize how you receive your messages.
Department of Homeland Security
DHS send alerts through the National Terrorism Advisory System. Learn about current developments, general trends and warnings of terrorism threats against the United States.
Other ways to be informed
National Weather Service
The National Weather Service NWS provides weather service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also purchase a NOAA Weather Radio, which can be customized to your county and the types of weather events you want to be alerted to.
National Weather Service→
Local Radio and Television Stations
Local radio and television news stations report and help communicate important information during an emergency. Also, when activated, messages from the Federal Communication Commission's Emergency Alert System are transmitted to both TV and radio (an audible tone followed by voice instruction or scrolling text). The EAS is a national public warning system that requires broadcasters to provide communications capability during emergencies to local, state and federal authorities.
Learn about the Emergency Alert System→