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NY Alert

What is NY ALERT?

NY-Alert works to provide critical updates to protect lives by warning citizens of New York State of critical information/emergencies and providing timely information.

New Yorkers can subscribe for NY-Alert to receive critical information and emergency alerts on what is happening in their area. NY-Alert contains critical, emergency-related information including instructions and recommendations in real-time by emergency personnel. Information may include severe weather warnings, significant highway closures, hazardous material spills and other emergency conditions.

All areas of New York State are included in the system, and you can decide which area you would like to receive alerts about.

Signing up is free, and messages can be received by phone, email, text and fax.

Please visit the following website to signup: https://alert.ny.gov/

The NY-Alert system is managed by New York State, and is not affiliated with SUNY Upstate. Please be sure your personal contact information is up to date in self-serve to receive SUNY Upstate specific emergency alerts.

In what situations might you receive a NY ALERT?

The available types of Notifications are:

  • AMBER & Missing Child/Adult Alerts - AMBER Alerts, Child Abductions, and Missing Adult and College Student Alerts
  • Emergency Alerts - Emergency messages issued by the County Office of Emergency Management or Law Enforcement covering all types of hazardous conditions
  • Severe Weather - Thunderstorms, Winter Weather Advisories, etc., issued by the National Weather Service.
  • Transportation & TransAlerts - Transportation events including County and New York State Department of Transportation TransAlerts
  • Press Release/Community Events and Notifications - Receive non-emergency information for your County including information about upcoming Community Events
  • Public Health Alerts - Public alerts such as Boil Water Advisories and Flu Vaccine Clinics
  • Earthquakes - USGS Earthquake Alerts impacting your area
  • Marine Weather Alerts - Receive National Weather Service Marine forecasts including High Wind and Surf and Small Craft Advisories
  • Sewage Discharge Notifications - Be informed when public waterways near you are impacted by untreated and partially treated sewage discharges
  • Nuclear Power Plant Information - Alerts and Press Releases containing emergency information regarding the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
  • Sex Offender Re-location Alerts - Receive notice from the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services when a Registered Sex Offender moves into or out of an area you specify. You will be asked to select a radius from your location for these alerts

How can I participate?

Signing up is free, and messages can be received by phone, email, text and fax.

Please visit the following website to signup: https://alert.ny.gov/

Support hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Contact us by email: [email protected]

What information is required from me to participate?

You will need to create a NY.govID account to sign up. Information on obtaining an account can be found on the NY-Alert website.

How does NY ALERT work?

Once you complete the online form, your information will be submitted to the NY-Alert database. If there is a critical emergency, you will then be notified by the contact methods you have specified within a very short period of time. This is because NY-Alert utilizes a mass notification software and has the capability of sending thousands of emails and making thousands of phone calls within minutes.