Arapahoe, Jefferson, and Douglas counties have launched state-of-the-art emergency notification systems to alert citizens
about emergencies. The emergency notification system enables the county to provide essential information quickly in a variety
of situations, such as fires, floods, evacuation of buildings or neighborhoods, and other emergencies.
How Emergency Alerts Work
When the county issues a message about a potential safety hazard or concern, messages will be sent to all standard voice and
text communication devices (land line, mobile, e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging, PDA, alpha or numeric pager, etc.)
that you have registered in the system. The system will continue trying to contact you on these devices until it receives
a confirmation from you that the message has been received.
Please note that this system will not be used for weather alerts because the timeliness or accuracy of such alerts cannot
be guaranteed. There are a variety of other media outlets (TV and radio stations, and weather-related Web sites and alerts)
that can provide this service in a more timely manner.
How to sign up for Emergency Alerts
Residents and businesses with land line phones are already listed in Arapahoe County's 9-1-1 database, and are therefore automatically
included in the notification system. If you would like to register additional voice and text devices, please click on the
link below. All information you provide will be kept strictly confidential.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will my information be sold or distributed?
No. All of the information you enter will feed directly into the Target Notification systems secure database. This information
can only be accessed by system administrators and the data will never be sold or distributed to third parties.
When will I receive phone calls?
You will receive phone calls when the system is activated and your address is within the geographic area chosen to receive
the notification message. The system will only be activated for emergency purposes.
What do I do if I move?
If you move after you have entered your information into the web site you will need to go back into the web site and re-enter
your information with your new address.
Can I add my landline telephone number?
Yes. You can enter your landline phone number into the Opt-In web site. If your landline phone number is already in the database,
the data you enter into the site will NOT overwrite the existing information for your landline telephone number. If your landline
phone number is not already in the database, then the new information will be entered into the database.
Will I be solicited in any way at the phone number that I enter?
No. You will only receive phone calls when the system is activated and your address is within the geographic notification
area chosen. The system will only be activated for emergency purposes.
If I am in a location that is different than the address that I enter into the web site for my wireless phone, will I still
be contacted if an emergency affects the address entered?
Yes. No matter where you are physically located, you will only receive calls for emergencies that affect the address entered
into the web site. So if you are on vacation in a different state you will still receive a phone call if the address you entered
is affected by an emergency.
Are there any fees associated with target notification?
There are no fees to create an account with target notification, regardless of the number of phones and VOIPs that you enter.
However, the system’s calls to cell phones will be deducted from your cell phone plan's minutes, just as any other incoming
call. The cost of the service is provided by fees paid to the different county authorities.
Is the target notification system able to assist individuals that are deaf or hard of hearing?
The notification system does have TTD capabilities to assist those individuals.
Can I select the types of emergency situations that I want to be include in the target notification and exclude others (i.e.
wildland evacuations but not Amber Alerts)?
No. Numbers registered with target notification will receive all messages impacting their area.
If I have a "blocked" phone, will this impact target notification?
Yes. You will not receive the notification call with a blocked telephone line.
How to stop receiving alerts
If you decide that you no longer wish to receive emergency alerts, you can opt out of the county's emergency notification
system at any time. You must provide information on all communication devices that you originally registered into the system.
If you opt out, your home or business phone will not be contacted, as this information will be deleted from the system. However,
every quarter, County 9-1-1 land line information is updated; therefore, the associated telephone numbers will be refreshed
within the system. You will need to repeat the opt-out procedure for these numbers.
Participation in the Opt-In program is entirely voluntary and is subject to conditions, such as periodic renewal or other
verification methodologies that the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office may adopt.To participate in this program for emergency
notifications you must read and accept the terms of this disclosure and provide the information required in the on-line application
The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office is not responsible for incorrect information provided by participants in the Opt-In program
or for any charges or fees that may be charged to participants by telephone or data service providers as a result of participation
in the program. It is the sole responsibility of participants to keep any information provided current.
In addition to the foregoing, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office assumes no legal responsibility for dropped calls, misrouted
calls, or other occurrences which may result in notification failures.