Register cell numbers, email addresses with Alert Spokane to get emergency notices

City joins Spokane County, other jurisdictions in encouraging citizens to take this step

Marlene Feist, Utilities Communications Manager, (509) 625-6505

Monday, October 6, 2014 at 11 a.m.

The City of Spokane this month is joining with Spokane County and other other local jurisdictions to encourage citizens to take a moment to register their cell phone numbers and email addresses with the Alert Spokane system.

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The system sends citizens emergency notifications, as needed, from law enforcement, fire agencies, water districts, and other local government jurisdictions. But the system can only notify people with landline phones or those who have registered their cell phone numbers or email addresses.

Registering is simple and available at

More information is available below in a message from the Spokane County Commissioners:

“How will you be notified if there's an emergency in your neighborhood? Through ALERT Spokane – a Spokane County emergency notification system!

“ALERT Spokane has been in operation since 2010, and is used to inform citizens about emergencies in their area. The ALERT Spokane system can be activated by law enforcement, fire service, water districts, etc. Once activated, a recorded message is sent to landline telephones with information about the emergency and what actions to take. For example, if there's a wild fire in your area, you might be told to evacuate, or you might receive boil order from your drinking water provider.

“It's important to note that the recorded message will be sent to landline telephones in the affected area. If you have discontinued your landline telephone service and are relying on a cell phone or VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phone, you will not receive an emergency message from ALERT Spokane – unless you register your cell phone in the system! Even if you still have a landline telephone, it's a good idea to register your cell phone with ALERT Spokane.

“In the interest of public safety, the Spokane County Board of Commissioners is urging the public to register their cell phones, VoIP phones, and email addresses with ALERT Spokane. It's easy to do. Just go to and enter the information. You can also register more than one cell phone number and request email notification.

“Stay informed – stay safe – register with ALERT Spokane TODAY at!”