New Alert System Brings Instant Emergency Warnings; Where and When You Need Them for Arlington County Residents and Visitors

  • New emergency alert system being rolled out on June 25, 2014
  • Residents and visitors need to register to receive emergency alerts
  • More notification options and enhanced capabilities

Arlington, VA--Being forewarned about dangerous weather, a neighborhood evacuation or an emergency road closure has never been easier with the new local alert system. As part of the integrated National Capital Region’s, this enhanced emergency warning alert system will be available to Arlington residents and visitors on June 25, 2014.

With the new system residents and visitors will now be able to:

  • Choose how to be notified of emergencies by entering up to eight ways of receiving information. Options include text, email, cell phone, home land line, work phone, instant messaging or fax.
  • Pick what kind of notifications they want to receive.
  • Specify particular times during the day when they would prefer to block notifications.

“It’s important that we keep our residents and visitors informed, but we also want to give them a say in what information they receive and when,” says Office of Emergency Management Director Jack Brown. “The new and improved Arlington Alert System is the perfect solution for that.”

Residents that live and work in different jurisdictions in the National Capital Region can sign up to receive alerts from multiple areas along their commute route. For more information about alerts in the National Capital Region, visit

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