Alert & Warning
Success in saving lives and property is dependent upon clear and timely dissemination of emergency information to persons in threatened areas. Pierce County Emergency Management has various systems in place to ensure that residents are notified in the event of a small or major emergency.
These systems include:
Receive alerts on different devices such as your cell phone, home phone, email, and TTY. Choose up to five locations you want to be notified about such as your residence, workplace, children’s school and more.
PC ALERT - Translated
When imminent volcanic danger threatens, the sirens will be activated. Citizens will be advised to evacuate the valley floor and head to higher ground by vehicle or foot. The outdoor lahar warning sirens are tested at noon on the first Monday of every month. The sirens will wail for approximately two to five minutes during the testing. They will continue to cycle on and off during a real alert.
WEAs will relay presidential, AMBER and imminent threat alerts to mobile phones using cellular broadcast technology that will not get backlogged during times of emergency when wireless voice and data services are highly congested.
The Emergency Alert System (EAS) is one of the many means used by alerting authorities to send warnings via broadcast, cable, satellite and wire line communications pathways. The EAS is also used when all other means of alerting the public are unavailable, providing an added layer of resiliency to the suite of available emergency communication tools.
IPAWS improves alert and warning capabilities by allowing alerting authorities to deliver their message from a single portal to multiple communication pathways. Two of these pathways are The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS).