NY-ALERT, New York State’s All-Hazards Alert and Notification System, is a web-based portal that allows State agencies, county and local governments, emergency service agencies and institutions of higher learning to provide emergency alerting information and private notifications to a defined audience (local, county, regional or statewide). Click here to visit www.NYALERT.gov.

You can receive emergency information such as major road closures and weather events at home, work or on the go. And you can receive that information the way you choose: via email; telephone call at home, at work, or through your cellular device; Simple Message Service (SMS) text message; fax; pager; and on the web through your RSS (Really Simple Syndicate) Reader or by visiting the NY-ALERT website at www.nyalert.gov.
Information provided by State agencies and local governments can be of pending events, such as National Weather Service warnings of severe weather, tornadoes or snowstorms; consequential actions such as road closures caused by those events; and protective actions recommended by State, local governments, colleges, universities, and the private sector where appropriate.


The alerting portion of the NY - ALERT portal uses many communictions technologies to reach the public:

Emergency Alert System (EAS) activation
E - mail
Really Simple Syndicate (RSS) feeds posted to the website
Text messages or Simple Message Service (SMS) via cell phones and pagers (also numeric)
Dial - out recorded messages to subscriber phone numbers
HF/VHF/UHF, and AM/FM radio systems
Instant messaging systems
Satellite systems and Global Positioning System (GPS) devices
Postings to the NY - ALERT website
Public Address systems
Press releases to targeted media


State agencies and local governments, through the county emergency manager, will be able to create incident-specific emergency messages to the targeted audiences/public, or take advantage of alert messages routinely provided by agencies to the public of impending weather and road closures, such as TransAlerts issued by the New York State Department of Transportation and notifications from the National Weather Service.


NY-ALERT provides governmental participants (State and local agencies) and institutions of higher learning a platiorm to provide private notifica-ons to select groups through the secure web portal. This feature utilizes the fax, email, text message and dial out messaging. For example, a county sheriff could provide information to a group of local police chiefs; universitities can provide private and secure informa tion to students, faculty and staff.


When you sign up for NY

- ALERT, you also will be able to select the loca tions from which you want to receive the information: your town or village, county, regions of the State or the entire state itself. However, if you select a large geographic area, you will receive all of the alerts, media releases and other information regarding those areas.While NY - ALERT will transmit information almost instantaneously utilizing all appropriate gateways simultaneously, there is no 100 percent guarantee that the information will be received in a timely manner because the existing third party infrastructure may be unavailable (such as text, faxing and phone lines).


NY - ALERT is free and subscription - based. If you wish to receive emergency information, you can register on the NY - ALERT website at www.nyalert.gov
 Your email address will be your identifier. When you register, you can list multiple devices from which you will receive alerts and notifications. Most alerts are issued locally by your county or local municipality. Local officials will determine when to issue an alert and what devices to send alerts to. You may receive information on all of the devices you registered,or just one. Each emergency is different; therefore, each alert will be tailored to meet the notification needs of the incident. If you do not have access to the worldwide web, you may still sign up for NY - ALERT by calling 1-888-697-6972


Steve Bellone

John G. Jordan Sr.

Ed Schneyer
Director of the Office of Emergency Management

MAIN 631-852-4900
FAX 631-852-4922