Office of Emergency Management

Text-to-911 - Coming Soon

In an emergency, we always want you to call 9-1-1. But for those instances when you’re unable to call, Arlington County plans to offer a text-to-911 capability in 2015. Learn more.

Arlington Alert

Arlington Alert is an free alert system for residents, visitors, and commuters that allows the County to contact you during an emergency. Features include:

  • Choose how to be notified of emergencies. Options include text, email, cell phone, home land line, work phone, instant messaging or fax.
    Note: Your carrier may charge a fee to receive messages on wireless device(s).
  • Pick what kind of notifications you want to receive.
  • Specify particular times during the day when you would prefer to block notifications.

Learn more in our FAQs.


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OEM News

About the Office

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OEM's mission is to provide the highest level of emergency preparedness for the residents and visitors of Arlington.

Critical service areas of the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) include  emergency preparedness, including public involvement, integrated training and protocols, and day-to-day operation of the Emergency Communications Center.

OEM's purpose is to integrate and appropriately staff emergency management policy and program development, emergency preparedness planning and emergency communications.

Meet OEM Director Jack Brown.