The San Joaquin County Office of Emergency Services provides timely and reliable systems to alert you and your family in the event of natural or man-made disasters. These alerts come in a variety of methods to better reach the public.
During an emergency, we may need to alert the public with life-saving information quickly. Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are made available through the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) infrastructure made possible by FEMA.
WEAs look like text messages on your cell phone, but are designed to get your attention and alert you with a unique sound and vibration, both repeated twice. These messages are less than 90 characters and will include the type and time of the alert, any action you should take, as well as the agency issuing the alert.
Mobile users are not charged for receiving WEA alerts and there is no need to subscribe. WEAS are not affected by network congestion and will not disrupt texts, calls or data sessions that are in progress. Your cell phone carrier can confirm that your device is WEA-capable.
Watch this video for an example of how this system works:
The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), is a national public warning system that requires broadcasters, satellite digital audio service and direct broadcast satellite providers, cable television systems, and wireless cable systems to provide the President with a communications capability to address the American people within 10 minutes during a national emergency.
EAS may also be used by state and local authorities, in cooperation with the broadcast community, to deliver important emergency information, such as weather information, imminent threats, AMBER alerts, and local incident information targeted to specific areas.
San Joaquin Office of Emergency Services has historically used this system to provide real-time information to citizens about evacuations, flood dangers, and other emergencies in our County.
View this page for more information on the IPAWS: https://www.fema.gov/integrated-public-alert-warning-system
NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information from the nearest National Weather Service office.
NWR broadcasts official warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
It also broadcasts alerts of non-weather emergencies such as national security, natural, environmental, and public safety through the Emergency Alert System.
Official websites from those in charge of an incident are also effective ways to obtain real-time information. For California wildfires, use CalFire: http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents and for Federal incidents check: InciWeb: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/