Emergency Notification Alerting System
Walworth County residents have been able to call 911 for police, fire or medical assistance for quite some time now but you may not be aware that the Walworth County Sheriff's Division of Emergency Management has the ability of alerting its citizens through a mass notification system similar to a reverse 911 calling system. We have the ability to send voice and text messages that alert the community to a wide variety of potential emergencies countywide or a very specific geographical area.
About Emergency Alerts
Walworth County is able to send you emergency alerts via text message, email, pager, or voice mail (in extreme cases), based on your preferences. It is important that we collect this contact information because many households no longer utilize traditional land-based telephone lines.
The system is intended to be used for emergency alerts, as well as non-emergency incidents that may have significant impacts on residents. Emergency Alerts could be related to specific hazards that require some kind of action to be taken such as evacuation, shelter in place, boil water orders, etc. Non-emergency alerts could include significant transportation problems with prolonged impacts or significant ongoing police or fire activity. This list is not meant to be all-inclusive and demonstrates that this system will not be used for routine information. In addition to receiving information on your wireless device, you may also receive notification on your land telephone line (if you have one) depending on the type of incident or event.
Please provide your address and preferred method(s) of contact. Adding your address will allow tailoring so you do not receive alerts that don't pertain to your geographical area. These alerts are provided free of charge, however, standard text messaging rates and other charges may apply. If you wish to subscribe to SMS text messages only, text your zip code to 38276. There is also a mobile app available.
The notification system is provided by Alert Sense. You can stay informed by choosing which alerts you would like to receive by checking the boxes. They range from alerts of severe weather to local crime situations.
Receive alerts providing warnings of life-threatening events and emergencies, such as:
- Crime/Imminent Danger
- Evacuation Alert
- Hazardous Materials
- Local Area Emergency
- Missing Persons/Amber Alert
How it Works
Tell us what geographical area you wish to be notified about by entering a zip code. In order to send you information, we need to know the general area you are located in via your zip code.
Tip: Is your home a significant distance from work? Provide us a second zip code and we'll send you alerts for that area too.
Choose Your Alerts
Choose the alerts you wish to receive. We will automatically send you tornado watches and warnings for your chosen zip code(s).
Tip: Checking or unchecking the "all messages" checkbox will cause all other checkboxes to "check" or "uncheck". Note: There are three types of weather alerts that you can receive through our system: warnings, watches and advisories. All three weather types are sent via email. Only warnings and tornado watches are sent as a text message to cell phones/pagers.
Where to Send Messages
Tell us what device to send text messages to. Fill in your cell phone, smartphone, blackberry, or pager number and select your provider from the dropdown. We only send text messages to these devices.