Spokane County has an Emergency Notification System (ENS) called ALERT Spokane, which can send emergency messages via landline, cellular, and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phones, as well as via text, TTD/TTY and email.
ALERT Spokane may be used by emergency response personnel to notify specific areas of high-risk situations. Specific information about the emergency event may be provided.
When ALERT Spokane is used by emergency personnel, it will only send alerts if there is an emergency situation that may impact you. If the call is picked up by an answering machine or voicemail, the system will leave a message. If the number is busy or there is no answer, the system will try two additional times to connect to that number.
PLEASE NOTE: the ENS is for the benefit of the general public and both businesses and residents located within Spokane County may receive the message.
If you are not a resident of Spokane County, please contact the Emergency Management Office in your county to sign-up for your local emergency notification system.
Your caller ID will display Emergency and the number 1-866-419-5000. Should you need to replay the emergency notification redial 1-866-419-5000.
Click here to register for ALERT Spokane. If you have local phone service provided by CenturyLink or Frontier your landline is in our database. VoIP phones must be registered to receive alerts. Cellular phones may also be registered here.
If you prefer not to register, there is a mobile app for smartphones (Android/Google Play and iphone/itunes) called CODERED. If you download the app and follow the steps on the app to receive notifications, ALERT Spokane will geolocate your smartphone and send an alert to you when the system is activated by emergency response personnel.
When you register, please review the terms and conditions located at the bottom of the registration page. You will have the option of choosing the language you'd prefer to use both to sign up and receive messages in from English, Spanish, Russian and Chinese.
Q: Can I opt-out of receiving alerts?
A: Yes, but you will be required to print, sign and mail, or scan and email the Opt-Out Waiver. Unsigned waivers will not be processed.
Under Washington State Law (R.C.W 42.56.230(9)) voluntarily submitted information contained in a database that is part of or associated with enhanced 911 communications systems, or information contained or used in emergency notification systems as provided in RCW 38.52.575 and RCW 38.52.577 is exempt from public disclosure.