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OakAlert Emergency Notification System

In the event of an emergency, it is critically important for you to be prepared and for you to be informed. Oakland County is taking a proactive approach to enabling its citizens to be more aware of emergency situations that may impact individuals and businesses in Oakland County, by implementing the Oakland County Emergency Notification System (OakAlert).  OakAlert is an emergency notification system enabling and empowering interested parties to be aware of extreme incidents in Oakland County.

Examples include:

  • Chemical spills impacting public health
  • Outdoor warning siren activation (will not include other weather watches, warnings, or advisories)
  • Active shooter situations causing an evacuation or Shelter-In-Place orders
  • Significant road closures such as a high-way closure not lane closures or daily traffic incidents
  • Closure or interruption in service of county operations
  • Additional notifications affecting the health and safety of the county

The notification tool is powered by GovDelivery and will allow citizens to self-register on a secure web site entering their name and personal contact information with their own username and password.
Oakland County recommends that everyone should have a plan during emergencies and a method to accept notifications in different modes, i.e., NOAA Weather radios, television, phone app, etc.  Please ensure your device can receive and interpret messages or alerts that are issued.

Notifications of emergencies, disasters or hazardous situations that would require immediate action will use email or text messaging to the devices registered online. 

The messages will be limited to:
  • Imminent or perceived threats to life or property
  • Disaster notifications
  • Evacuation notices
  • Public Health emergencies
  • Public Safety emergencies

It is the responsibility of the registered individual to ensure their contact information is accurate and up-to-date.  Oakland County cannot guarantee the timely delivery of alerts due to technical variables such as third party email and text messaging systems, as well as individual services to remote and handheld devices.

The purpose of this service is to provide accurate and helpful information to concerned citizens, businesses, and governmental agencies.  OakAlert is a voluntary service and is at no cost to receive.  Alerts will be sent via text and email so standard messaging rates may apply. Information submitted will be kept confidential and not be released to any third party. 

Non-emergency Oakland County information can be received by subscribing the Oakland County Digital Subscription service at http://www.oakgov.com/subscribe/Pages/default.aspx where you will be allowed to subscribe to specific community information from Oakland County Departments or Municipalities.

The Michigan Freedom of Information Act controls access to personally identifiable information and public records at the County's Web site. Information you supply to us may be subject to disclosure to anyone who asks. Additionally, the County could be subject to court order or subpoena to divulge personally identifiable information.

DISCLAIMER

The County is providing OakAlert as a public service. All information sent is expected to be accurate, complete and timely at the stage of posting. The County may make updates or changes to this information at any time as new information becomes available. No guarantee of any kind, implied, expressed or statutory is given with respect to the contents forwarded.

The immediate and fast moving nature of Web sites means that there may be links to sites that are changed or no longer functional. We apologize if this should occur and assure you we are continually updating, reviewing and improving our site and its content.

No information on this service is intended to serve as legal advice. Use of this Web site is at your own risk, and the County will not be held liable for any errors or omissions contained in this Web site. In no event, shall the County be liable for any special, indirect or consequential damages, or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data or profits whether contract, negligence or any tort action arising out of, or in connection with, the use or performance of the information available from the County Web site.

If you have any questions about this policy or feel that we have acted in violation of this policy, please contact oakhsd@oakgov.com or write Oakland County Homeland Security Division, 1200 North Telegraph Road, Bldg 47 West, Pontiac, Michigan, USA, 48341.