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Please scroll down for the link to self-register additional devices for alert notifications.

Special note: you may receive both a phone call AND a text message on your cell phone and standard text messaging rates will apply.

Spokane County has an Emergency Notification System (ENS) that is able to send emergency messages via telephone, cellular phone or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) to residents and businesses located within Spokane County (for those that live in other counties, please click here for links to their ENS registration pages). This system may be used by emergency response personnel to notify specific homes and businesses at risk with specific information about an emergency event. You will only be called when the associated address will be impacted by an emergency.

You should not wait for, or rely exclusively on, an ENS call for alert/warning directives because there are no guarantees that everyone affected will receive a notification by phone. You should also follow directions given by emergency personnel or by broadcast radio/television. ENS supplements the Emergency Alert System (EAS) n an attempt to reach nearly all households and businesses with initial emergency information. You will also need to rely on information provided by the EAS system and other broadcast channels for the latest updates because the ENS system is not designed to provide supplemental information.

The system is already programmed with traditional landline phone numbers (both listed and unlisted) from phone company records. HOWEVER, unless you take the actions described below, it cannot contact your cellular phone or VoIP phone, i.e. Comcast, Vonage, XO Communications, etc.. To ensure that you receive these warnings, you will need to register the telephone numbers for your Cellular phone and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone.

If the call is picked up by an answering machine, it will leave a message and not retry the call. If the number is busy or does not answer, the system will make two additional attempts. Also, this system can contact TTY/TDD devices used by the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.

Common reasons to sign up:

. Receive emergency information affecting your home

. Receive emergency information for locations other than your home such as your business or another location where a family member that you care for resides

Type of Information You May Receive:

. Police needing your help to find missing endangered persons

. Information about a hazardous situation (fire, hazardous materials release, or police response activities)

. Emergency protective measures during a disaster

your cellular phones or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phones.

Create an account by filling out the requested information. Please click here for further instructions. NOTE: an email account is required as part of the process to register other devices but you will not receive warnings to your email address; a free email can be obtained from Please check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.

By creating an account, I consent to the following terms and conditions:

(1) The Spokane County Community Emergency Notification System is provided by Twenty First Century Communications of Columbus, Ohio. By signing up for this service, I am giving Twenty First Century Communications express consent to contact me for the purposes of emergency notification on any of the devices I am registering.

(2) Creating an account allows me to update my contact information if I move or my phone numbers or e-mail address changes. I understand at this time that a maximum of one cellular phone number and one VoIP phone number can be associated with my e-mail address.

(3) I understand that I am solely responsible for the accuracy of the information I have entered for ALERT Spokane.

(4) Your account information is being submitted over a secure, encrypted connection. Spokane County and Twenty First Century Communications will use the personal information solely for the purpose of providing emergency notifications. Spokane County and Twenty First Century Communications will not share, distribute, or sell personal information gathered by the form unless required by law. Neither Spokane County, nor any of its agencies and affiliates, or their employees, makes any assurances, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any information provided by submittal of this form.

(5) I understand that the activation of ALERT Spokane does not guarantee that I will receive the notification.


You may email us at with other questions about the system.

The Spokane Community Emergency Notification System was purchased by Washington State Region 9 Homeland Security Funds and will be sustained by a portion of the 1 tenth of 1% measure voted by the citizens of Spokane County

Disclaimer: The information on this site is for informational purposes only. We assume no liability or responsibility for any inaccurate, delayed or incomplete information, nor for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Page last updated on 8/19/15

This site is developed for the citizens of the INW by Christopher S Barnes of Spokane Emergency Management, with valuable assistance from local emergency responders.

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