In the event of an emergency, it is critically important to be prepared and informed. Oakland County takes a proactive approach to enabling its citizens to be more aware of emergency situations that may impact them by implementing OakAlert, an emergency notification system.
It allows anyone to self-register with their name and personal contact information to get email and text notifications of emergencies, disasters or hazardous situations that would require immediate action.
- Chemical spills impacting public health
- Outdoor warning siren activation (will not include other weather watches, warnings, or advisories)
- Active assailant situations causing an evacuation or shelter-in-place order
- Significant road closures such as a highway 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 messages will be limited to:
- Imminent or perceived threats to life or property
- Disaster notifications
- Evacuation notices
- Public health and 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 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 website. 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.
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 websites 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 website is at your own risk, and the County will not be held liable for any errors or omissions contained in this website. 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 website.
If you have any questions about this policy or feel that we have acted in violation of this policy, please contact via
email or write Oakland County Homeland Security Division, 1200 North Telegraph Road, Bldg 47W, Pontiac, Michigan, 48341.