A collaborative endeavor between Jackson & Josephine County Emergency Management to help the citizens of the Rogue Valley prepare for and respond to disasters


Are you signed up for local alerts? If so, which ones? With so many types of alerts available, it can be difficult to know if you're signed up for the right alerts. Below are the local alerts and some of the state and federal alerts available, along with signup links. 

WEA - Wireless Emergency Alert

  • What is it? Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are just one of the ways public safety officials can quickly and effectively alert the public to serious emergencies.

   What you need to know about WEAs:

   WEAs can be sent by state and local public safety officials, the National Weather Service, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and       the president of the United States.

   WEAs are no more than 360 characters and include the type and time of the alert, any action you should take and the agency issuing the alert.

   WEAs are not affected by network congestion and will not disrupt texts, calls or data sessions that are in progress.

   You  are not charged for receiving WEAs and there is no need to subscribe.

  • How do you receive them? WEAs look like text messages but are designed to get your attention with a unique sound and vibration repeated twice.
  • How do you sign up? ​There is no need to subscribe. All newer cell  phones are WEA enabled. If you have an older phone, you may not be able to receive WEA alerts. Check with your service provider for more information. 

EAS - Emergency Alert System

  • What is it? The Emergency Alert System (EAS) is a national public warning system that allows the president to address the American people within 10 minutes during a national emergency. The alerts are sent through broadcasters, satellite digital audio services, direct broadcast satellite providers, cable television systems and wireless cable systems.​ The EAS may also be used by state and local authorities to deliver important emergency information such as weather information, imminent threats, AMBER alerts and local incident information targeted to specific areas. The president has sole responsibility for determining when the national-level EAS will be activated. FEMA is responsible for national-level EAS tests and exercises. The EAS is also used when all other means of alerting the public are unavailable.
  • How do you receive them? EAS alerts are sent through broadcasters, satellites and cable television and wireless cable systems and will appear on your television and can be heard over radio waves. 
  • How do you sign up? You do not need to subscribe to receive EAS alerts. ​

Citizen Alert - Local Emergency Alert

  • What is it? Citizen Alert is our local emergency notification system.
  • How do you receive them? You will receive notifications based on the method of contact you set up in your account. You may receive notifications via text, cell phone call, landline call or email. 
  • How do you sign up? Sign up by clicking here or returning to the rvem.org homepage and clicking the Citizen Alert link. 

Community Connect 

  • What is it? Community Connect is a way for residents to provide important information about their household such as number of people living in the home, how many pets are in the home, if anyone is disabled and needs assistance, where your gas main is located, etc. Community Connect is not an emergency notification system for first responders to use to communicate with residents; it is a way for residents to provide critical information to first responders. 
  • How do you sign up?​ Grants Pass Community Connect


  • What is it? Nixle provides an open communication forum that connect public safety, municipalities, schools, businesses and the communities they serve. Nixle enables real-time, two-way communication through text, email, voice messages, social media, and the Nixle mobile app. Nixle is an alert that you opt into by texting your zip code to 888777. Nixle will only be effective if your first responding organizations use Nixle as an alerting method. Currently, Josephine County does not use Nixle, but some agencies in Jackson County may utilize Nixle under certain circumstances. 
  • How do you receive them? Nixle alerts are sent through text.
  • How do you sign up? Nixle Sign Up or text your zipcode to 888777.

Flash Alerts 

  • What is it? The FlashAlert system distributes emergency messages, such as breaking news or weather closure information, and news releases, to the media and the public, and reports the results to you.
  • How do I receive them? Flash Alerts are sent through email. 
  • How do you sign up? Flash Alert Sign Up