Disaster Prepardness

Emergency Communications

With the potential threat of wildfires, earthquakes, winter storms, hazardous material spills, and terrorism, it is important to know how the government would notify the Seal Beach community of important emergency information before, during, or after an emergency. Here is what City Officials would like you to know:

ALERTS AND WARNINGS: The government is committed to achieving success in saving lives and property in times of emergencies. Providing warning and emergency information in a timely manner is extremely important. There are various ways an alert or warning may be disseminated.

  1. EAS (Emergency Alerting System) is designed for the broadcast media to disseminate emergency public information which is similar to test messages on radio and TV stations. The system enables the President, federal, state, and local governments to communicate with the general public.
  2. Mobile emergency vehicles (police cars, helicopters) can use sirens, loud speakers, and public address systems to give directions or information to the public.
  3. Door to door notification of the community of what should be done by police, fire, other city personnel, and/or volunteer groups.
  4. The SBTV Cable Channel 3 can provide information and emergency direction.
  5. The City can interrupt the regular cable programming to direct viewers to tune to their local cable channel for more information.
  6. The AlertOC, a computerized telephone automated community notification system, can call to provide residents with a pre-recorded emergency or incident-specific message. The City of Seal Beach has implemented a state-of-the-art emergency notification program to alert citizens about current emergencies. The system enables the City to deliver essential information quickly inthe event ofnatural and manmadeemergencies.

How AlertOC Works

Messages about a potential safety hazard or concern will be sent to land line phones, cell phones, e-mail, and more. If you don't confirm receipt of the message, the system will try to reach your second contact number or email. The system will continue trying to contact you until it receives a confirmation from you.

Residents andbusiness owners must register the voice and text communication devices where they wish to receive messages. All members of a household should register ALL communication devices and email addresses, both personal and work!

Sign Up for Emergency Alerts

Sign up for the City's emergency notification system. Residents and businesses with land line telephone numbers have already been included in the system. You may use the registration link to include additional ways to contact you. All information you provide will be kept strictly confidential.


For information or questions regarding the AlertOC notification system, please call (562) 799-4100 X 1121.