City of Palo Alto Emergency Alert Testing | Thursday, 12/14 @ 12pm/noon

The City will conduct a test of its emergency alert system on Thursday, December 14 at noon. 

The test of the system seeks to ensure residents who have registered are receiving the emergency notifications as defined though their account settings. The test also seeks to build community awareness of the City’s emergency alert system, as only one third of Palo Alto residents are currently registered to receive emergency notifications. The City uses AlertSCC, a Santa Clara County emergency notification system employed by all Santa Clara County cities, to alert the public about emergency situations such as a flood incident, wildfire, or other public safety event.

The alert system is one approach used to communicate and keep the public informed during an emergency to share community impacts and risks to public safety. AlertSCC is free for everyone. It is quick and easy to set up, and users can select if alerts are sent directly to your mobile device, landline, and/or email address. You decide how you want to receive alerts and designate the order by which you want to be notified.

To sign up for the City’s emergency alert system, go to To read a recent announcement about the test of the City’s emergency alert system, go here.