In an effort to quickly communicate information on impending dangers, the San Bernardino
County Sheriff and Fire Departments send high-speed mass notifications via telephone
and text messages. This system is known as the Telephone Emergency Notification
The County uses a database of landline telephone numbers, which is updated every
six months, to send emergency messages to landline phones only. By signing up below,
residents can also receive emergency text messages on their cell phones. Those without
internet connections can sign up by calling 2-1-1 or (888) 435-7565.
TENS alerts do not generally go out to the entire County but instead are targeted
to affected areas.
By filling out the form above, I expressly agree to the terms and
conditions listed below:
The County of San Bernardino, its officers and employees, assume no
obligation for, and shall not be held liable for, any actions taken or omissions
made by you in reliance on the information provided, or for the death, personal
injury, or damages of any nature resulting from your failure to receive an emergency
message as a result of your submittal of this form.
No single system or technology is perfect – Completion of this form
cannot guarantee that you will receive timely notification in the event of a large-scale
community emergency, due to the unforeseen problems that such an emergency could
create. It is important that you continue to monitor other public safety warning
systems whenever possible.
Call 9-1-1 only in true emergency circumstances.
As a resident of the County of San Bernardino and by entering your
data in this system, you are enabling the County to send you emergency notifications
when and if the County deems it necessary. Residents who live in cities or towns
that do not contract with County public safety agencies may not receive alerts from
the County. We encourage residents, as part of your personal preparedness efforts,
to learn what agencies serve your community and what services they may offer to
alert residents in times of disaster.
Your normal phone and text rates and charges will apply when receiving
a message or phone call from our notification system. The County of San Bernardino
assumes no responsibility for these fees or charges.
Neither the County of San Bernardino nor any of its agencies and affiliates,
or their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal
liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any
information provided by submittal of this form.
While the County’s mass notification system is considered effective
and efficient, you should not wait for or rely exclusively on a mass notification
system call or text message for evacuation directives. If you think you are
in danger, you should evacuate immediately.
The telephone number you register will be called only when the address
with which it is associated with is impacted by a disaster or emergency.
If you enter your information during or shortly before a disaster,
we cannot guarantee your information will take effect immediately. However, while
this process takes place, the County’s current ability to call landlines remains
in place and uninterrupted.
WARNING: Use of this system for any unauthorized purpose, including
the adding of false telephone numbers, the unauthorized registration of others’
telephone numbers, and the unauthorized deletion of others’ telephone numbers, may
constitute a violation of federal law and California Penal Code section 502 or 530.5
and may also result in civil penalties. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department
will investigate abuses of this system.