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How to get emergency alerts for your city, county in Denver metro area

Many counties will text, call or email you
Posted at 3:37 AM, Dec 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-11 05:37:26-05

If there was an emergency in your neighborhood, how would you find out?

Many cities and counties have a notification system that will call your home phone and text or call your mobile phone when there is a fire, flood or other emergency situation.


Adams County uses the CodeRED notification service to contact home landline phone numbers within the geographical jurisdictions of the city of Bennett, the city of Brighton, Commerce City, the city of Northglenn, Unincorporated Adams County and the Adams County portion of Strasburg. This system can also send alerts to cell phones, but residents personally need to register their cell phones into the system. Residents must register under the address in which they’d like to receive notifications. Reregistering the same cell phone number under different addresses (i.e. work, school, and home) is also possible. Register your cell phone here.


Arapahoe County said residents and businesses with landline phones are already listed in Arapahoe County's 911 database, and are therefore automatically included in the notification system. You may sign up to register mobile devices here.

Arap Alert includes the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, Bennett-Watkins Fire Rescue, Byers Fire Protection District, Cherry Creek State Park Rangers, Cherry Hills Village Police, Columbine Valley/Bow Mar Police, Cunningham Fire Protection District, Deer Trail Fire Rescue, Englewood Police, Glendale Police, Greenwood Village Police, Littleton Fire Protection District, Littleton Fire Rescue, Littleton Police,  Sable-Altura Fire Rescue, Sheridan Police, South Metro Fire Rescue, South Suburban Park Rangers and the Strasburg Fire District.


Aurora allows residents to register their preferred means of communication — cellular phone, text message, email or all three. Learn more here.


Broomfield city and county uses the CodeRed system to send out emergency alerts. Home phone numbers are entered into the 911 database and dialed automatically. CodeRED will not call a cell phone or VoIP system phone unless it has been registered. Register here.


Boulder County has a mass notification system that is used to notify residents about imminent threats to health and safety such as the need to evacuate due to a wildfire, or take other appropriate actions in the event of a flash flood or other critical police activity. Learn more and register here.


Denver says it uses the Swift911 Emergency Notification System to alert residents to emergency situations like police activity, severe storm warnings, road closures, water problems and evacuations that are occurring in their area. Learn more and sign up here.


Douglas County allows residents to sign up for emergency alerts and register their gate codes through the CodeRED system.


Elbert County also uses CodeRED for reverse emergency notification calls, weather warning notifications calls and emergency community updates. Learn more and sign up here.


In Jefferson County, the CodeRED emergency notification system is used to citizens with warnings of flood, fire, tornadoes, chemical spills or dangerous suspects.

CodeRED uses the county’s 911 database to call all listed and unlisted land lines. CodeRED also calls a database of mobile phone and VoIP* numbers if you opt in. To register, visit the CodeRED phone registry.


Larimer County's Emergency Alert System allows residents to sign up to receive alerts on your mobile phone in the form of texts, voice calls and emails. You can register multiple devices (cell phones, emails, etc) and sign up for several different locations that are important to you (i.e. your child’s school or your elderly parent’s house)


Weld County will let you sign up for several different alerts including a list of most wanted fugitives, recent arrests and EOC alerts. Scroll down on this website to register your cell phone for emergency alerts.


Thornton residents may sign up for the T-Alert system and the CodeRed emergency notification system.


If your city or county is not listed above, check the city and/or county's website for information about their emergency alert system and how to sign up.