Humboldt emergency notification systems you should know about

Humboldt CERT

HUMBOLDT – Would you like to be notified in the event of a major emergency in your area? Emergency notification is offered by the Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services (OES), along with the cities of Arcata, Eureka and Fortuna, and both Humboldt State University and College of the Redwoods, which are set up to notify people about even more localized emergency situations.

Emergency notification from any of these sources is free, but you do need to register first!

If you live, work, or attend college in one of the cities or colleges that offers emergency notification, be sure to register for that too.

County: Humboldt ALERT

The Humboldt County Office of Emergency Services uses Humboldt ALERT to notify thousands of local residents in minutes with information about an impending or ongoing emergency using methods that you choose, such as email, phone, and/or text message.

To register online, go to; click on Sign up now!

• Create an account

• Create a Username and Password; Enter your first and last name.

• Answer the security question.

• Enter a Registration Email Address. This address is used to send temporary passwords if you forget your credentials.

• Accept the Terms of Use by checking the box.

• Click Create Your Account.

• Complete Your Profile

After creating your user name and password, you can complete your profile. This is where you enter your personal information and contact preferences. Next, you will select how you want to receive alerts. Options may include SMS text messages, email, mobile phones, landlines, or a mobile application for an Android or iOS device. 

Enter locations you care about

Most alerts are sent to a specific group, based on the geographical location of the incident or event. Enter up to five addresses, such as home, work, your child’s school, or other places where you spend time. You must provide complete addresses in order to receive these location-based alerts. 

City and College Emergency Notification Systems





FORTUNA: Mobile phone: text 95540 to 888777. Or, sign up at

RIO DELL: Rio Dell’s emergency alert system has been ordered (as of Sept. 2018)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When are county, city, or college alert systems used?

County, city, or college alert systems are used to notify residents when there are imminent threats to health or safety, such as the need to evacuate due to a wildfire, or to provide information about appropriate actions to take in the event of a flood or other major hazardous situation.

Should I call 911 if I get an emergency alert notification?

No. If you get an emergency notification regarding a situation in your area, the 911 systems are already very busy. Please do not call 911 unless you have an emergency. For information, call 211 or scan for a radio station that is broadcasting relevant information.

If a notification is sent out, is it guaranteed I will receive it if I register?

When the emergency notification system is activated, it will make several attempts to reach the registered numbers. Due to the emergency, both landline and cell phone systems may be so inundated with calls that your provider might not be able to deliver the message. Technical difficulties experienced by phone and email providers could result in notification failures.

How was information for this advisory compiled and verified, and how current is it?

This information was compiled and verified during September 2018 from the relevant agencies’ current handouts and websites and from real live people at various city halls.


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