Sign Up For Regional Alerts

Regional Notification System - Code Red

Washoe County has partnered with the Cities of Reno and Sparks to institute a telephone notification system for use in times of crisis. The system is known as "Code Red."

Click here to Sign up for Code Red

When a crisis occurs, local public safety officials have three methods to alert the public:

  1. Media press releases written by local government public information officers (PIO) and delivered to local radio, television, newspapers, and government webmasters.
  2. The Emergency Alert System (EAS). This system is described in detail on this website. Messages are rebroadcast on radio and television.
  3. The Code Red Notification System. This system uses a series of remote computers and telephone lines to relay a recorded message.

While no system can ever be guaranteed to be disaster proof during the chaos of an emergency and unforeseen circumstances can make some modes of communication inoperable. 

By using these three methods local officials make every effort to keep the public informed. Again, Washoe County makes no guarantees that you will be notified during an emergency, so we encourage self-reliance. However, by signing up you will be included in the database for emergency notifications.

CITIZENS: If you have an unlisted number, or wish to list your cell phone or work phone for emergency notification, fill out the form on the enrollment page.

We encourage citizens to monitor their preferred media and check with neighbors to stay informed.

Methods we use include, but are not limited to Search and Rescue or First Responders going door-to-door, use of sirens or loud speakers on emergency vehicles, news releases, local TV and radio, internet, social media, the Emergency Alert System (EAS), or Reverse Dialing (CodeRED).

Click here to Sign up for Code Red

Receive emergency alerts and tips through social media

Earthquake and Weather Alert Systems

The Nevada Broadcast of Earthquakes (NBE) is an experimental earthquake warning and response system. NBE is a project of the Nevada Seismological Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno. The system is designed to list measurable earthquakes, with an attached map detailing the location of the earthquake. This listing shows all earthquakes throughout Nevada.

Citizens can log onto the Nevada Seismological Laboratory, Nevada Broadcast of Earthquakes or call 775.784.4975 to learn more about seismic activity in their region.

Severe Weather
Citizens can register for severe weather alerts through the National Weather Service. These alerts are designed to help citizens prepare for major storms that are forecasted to affect our region. The Emergency Email and Wireless Network provides breaking weather forecast news directly to email accounts, with links to the relevant radar maps. Log onto The Emergency & Wireless Network to register.

AlertID Sign Up

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is in partnership with AlertID.

AlertID is a FREE online web service to protect your family and your neighborhood.

AlertID uses the newest online technology to create instant, two-way communications between citizens and federal, state, and local authorities to provide immediate information on crime, terrorism or natural disasters that can threaten the safety of your family and community.

Using the unique AlertID system, you are constantly connected to neighbors, local police and fire departments, as well as federal and state agencies to exchange critical information that can help keep your family and community safe, whether the threat is national, local, or personal such as a missing child or family pet.

Sign Up with AlertID