CELL PHONE ALERTS
To get emergency information wherever you are, sign up to receive cell phone alerts and text messages. Each city and county provides their cell phone alerts via SMS text messaging, meaning you’ll get a short cell phone alert delivered right to your mobile phone.
If you own a BlackBerry®, iPhone or other PDA you may also choose to receive cell phone alerts about emergencies via your phone’s email.
Alert Examples: Real Cell Phone Alerts
Below are some real, sample emergency alerts sent by the various cell phone alert systems across Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC:
I95(N) prior to Van Dorn shut down due
to significant accident – Expect delays both north and southbound.
Van Dorn St. closed in both direction @ Vine St due to water main break. See email for details.
Significant delays I66 East and West prior to Sully Rd in Fairfax due to serious accident
Flash flood warning for Fairfax County until 8:45 tonight. See email for details
Sign Up Now for Instant Emergency Alerts
To register for any of the emergency alert systems, select the city or county where you live or work. Capital alert is your way to sign up for any of the 17 DC area alert systems. Because you’ll get alerts by cell phone or e-mail, you’ll get this free, instant information wherever you are.