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ALERT Pinellas is an emergency notification service by which public safety managers can notify residents and businesses about emergencies in a variety of ways, including:
The system is capable of sending messages only to specific neighborhoods or the entire community.
Only published, listed telephone numbers were automatically uploaded into the ALERT Pinellas database.
Citizens and local businesses should create their own account to take advantage of the options that are available to the users of the service.
You can enter up to FOUR different phone numbers to be called, TWO numbers for text notifications, plus TWO email addresses.
You can also enter up to FIVE different locations to make sure you know about urgent news in the areas of Pinellas County that you care most about, such as home, work, relatives, schools, etc.
By creating your own account, you can change your options at any time.
When a situation warrants notification to a neighborhood or the entire county, authorized system administrators will send notifications using the methods you have chosen when you created your own account.
The ALERT Pinellas system is used by partner agencies throughout Pinellas County. For example, you may receive a notice from Pinellas County Government, Local Municipalities (such as Oldsmar), or the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
ALERT Pinellas will be used when emergency situations arise that you should know about. Severe weather situations, missing persons, evacuation notices, fires, floods, major roadway issues, boil water notices, and active shooter situation are just a few examples of the types of situations that will necessitate an ALERT Pinellas notice.
ALERT Pinellas provides an additional level of safety. If the power goes out, you may not be able to depend on your TV. However, because telephone lines are self-powered and most people now have cell phones, we can continue to keep you informed through messages delivered by ALERT Pinellas. You should always have at least TWO ways of staying connected to receive urgent news.
ALERT Pinellas messages will come from the phone number (727) 474-4222.
We suggest you program this number in your cell phone as a new contact and use 'ALERT Pinellas' as the contact name.
If you need to replay the emergency notification message, simply dial this number and you will be able to hear the message again.
Listen carefully to the ENTIRE message.
It will be brief and will not repeat. Follow the instructions given.
You may receive a website address or a telephone number for further information.
Do not hang up until you have heard the entire message or you might miss vital information.
Do NOT CALL 9-1-1 for details.
There are two ways you can continue to receive telephone messages from Pinellas County through ALERT Pinellas.
Yes, ALERT Pinellas will leave a message on a machine or on a voicemail. Part of the ALERT Pinellas solution is the ability to recognize answering devices and leave the message completely in one pass.
Also, if the line is busy, ALERT Pinellas will try again.
When the emergency notification is activated, the system will make several attempts to reach your registered numbers.
Due to the emergency, phone systems (both landline and cell phone) may be inundated with calls and your provider may not be able to deliver the message.
We do not assume legal responsibility for technical difficulties that may result in notification failures.
Pinellas County offers this service for FREE.
If you choose to receive a notice by text messages, your service provider's standard text messaging fees will apply.
No. The system uses industry standard SMS text messaging protocol to send messages to your phone.
Your cell phone plan will need to accept text messages to work properly.
Please register again even if you registered for ALERT Pinellas or other Emergency Notification Systems in the past.
This is an improved notification system that is used by Pinellas County, the Sheriff's Office, and municipalities.
By creating a new account, you can benefit from the many notification options that are offered by ALERT Pinellas.