Each emergency alert system in the National Capital Region allows you to receive e-mail alerts. e-mail alerts are your best way to get notified about emergencies in the region and learn more about what you should do. e-mail alert messages often include additional details about the event, such as what action you should take, how long the emergency will affect the area, and where you can turn to for further updates.
Alert Example: Real E-mail Alerts
Below is a real, sample e-mail alerts sent by the various e-mail alert systems across Maryland,
Virginia and Washington, DC:
- 14th Street NW will be Closed Between Constitution and Pennsylvania Avenues NW on Monday for a special event. Motorists Are Advised to Take Alternate Routes
- The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is working with the Metropolitan Police Department to alleviate anticipated travel delays.
- Morning delays are anticipated. Motorists are advised to take alternate routes using the Memorial or Theodore Roosevelt Bridges, alternate travel times to leave earlier or later, allow for additional travel time, telecommute or take Metro.
- Motorists who use 14th Street are advised to take the following suggested detour plans:
Inbound 14th Street (Northbound)
- For northbound 14th Street, motorists from Virgina using the 14th Street Bridge should continue on the SE/SW Freeway and take the exit for 12th Street or 7th Street to access Downtown DC.
- Traffic approaching the closure at 14th Street Northbound and Constitution Ave will be directed to turn right on Constitution Ave and make a left turn on 12th Street NW to get around the closure.
- For southbound 14th Street, motorists using the 14th Street Bridge should use 9th Street and then continue on the SE/SW Freeway outbound into Virginia.
- Traffic approaching the closure at 14th Street southbound and Pennsylvania Ave will be directed to turn left on Pennsylvania Ave and make a right turn on 9th Street NW to get around the closure.
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.