Office of Emergency Management

Arlington Alert

Arlington Alert is an alert system that allows the County to contact you during an emergency.

When you sign up you can:

  • Choose how to be notified of emergencies. Options include text, email, cell phone, home land line, work phone, instant messaging or fax.
  • Pick what kind of notifications you want to receive; and
  • Specify particular times during the day when you would prefer to block notifications.

When an emergency occurs, the County will instantly notify you with updates, instructions on where to go, what to do, or what not to do, who to contact and other important information.

Arlington Alert is a free County service. However, your carrier may charge you a fee to receive messages on wireless device(s). Please read the FAQs for more information. This service does not replace existing public safety warning methods also used by the County.

Arlington Alert is open to all County residentscommuters and visitors and is part of Capitalert.

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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.