Introducing an enhanced National Capital Region emergency warning alert system. Alerts you can customize and receive when and where you need them.

Capitalert is your portal to get free emergency alerts from your local governments in the National Capital Region.

Instant Information to Protect Yourself from Danger

Being forewarned about dangerous weather, a neighborhood evacuation or an emergency road closure has never been easier. The National Capital Region alerts give you critical information during emergencies, with official notifications from your local public safety and emergency managers. The alerts will tell you where to go, what to do and how to stay informed and are available by text, email, cell phone, home land line, work phone, instant messaging or fax. So you’ll get instant access to information no matter where you are.

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3 Steps to Get Free Emergency Alerts

It only takes three quick, easy steps to sign up for alerts about major emergencies, traffic conditions, weather alerts, and more:

  1. Create an account by filling in basic information about yourself, such as your name, e-mail, and address.

  2. Select how you want to get alerts, such as on your cell phone, computer, tablet or home phone.

  3. Choose the types of emergency alerts you want, ranging from local traffic conditions and sever weather alerts to major emergencies.

Control How Many Alerts You Get

The enhanced system allows residents to pick and choose what kind of notifications they want to receive, as well as specify particular times during the day when they would prefer to block any incoming notifications. The number of messages you get depends on how many types of alerts you have signed up for and how many events occur in your area. You can customize your alert settings at any time to help adjust the number of alerts you receive; including “quiet times” when you won’t receive messages.

Citizens 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. To find out about all of the available jurisdiction alert systems in the National Capital Region, please visit Alert Locations.

In less than five minutes, customize free emergency alerts to your smartphone, computer, or tablet. Get instant access to information to protect yourself and your loved ones.