Stay Informed of Current or Developing Emergency Events

When emergencies happen, be the first to know. Stay informed with RochesterAlert to receive real-time, official notifications from the City of Rochester.

RochesterAlert is a free service that allows you to sign up online to receive customized alerts via text message, email, voice message, and on social media (Facebook and Twitter). This service is provided by the City of Rochester at no cost; however, message and data rates may apply from your service plan.

In addition to emergency alerts, you can also choose to receive customizable community notifications. These will include notifications about severe weather, safety, health, major traffic incidents, and more.

Go to alerts.rochestermn.gov to sign-up today.

Emergency Alert System (EAS) - You may hear an EAS message over the radio or on TV.  Listen carefully to the message and follow emergency instructions

Outdoor warning sirens - Sirens are used to warn of tornadoes.  When you hear an outdoor warning siren, go indoors and seek shelter

Wireless Emergency Alerts - A nationwide system providing lifesaving information for the state of Minnesota.  If you are visiting Rochester, or have not signed up for Rochester Alerts, you can still receive emergency alerts.  Wireless emergency alerts are used to send concise, text-like messages to capable smartphones during emergency situations.  All smartphones made in 2012 and beyond automatically allow emergency alerts sent over the federal wireless emergency alert system. Wireless emergency alerts are sent by Rochester or Olmsted County public safety officials, the National Weather Service, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), and the President of the United States.

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) are designed to get your attention with a unique alert and vibration.  WEAs are rebroadcast until the emergency situations has passed and is no longer a threat to those in the area.  Follow emergency instructions to be safe.