Communicate

When disaster strikes, communities come together to help each other. Communication is critical in every phase: prepare, respond and recover.

To be prepared is knowing your neighbors, staying in touch with family and friends, and having a communication plan —both digitally and in person. Traditional means of communication may be limited during a widespread emergency situation. It is important that you identify several different ways to communicate with your family and friends. 

In the event of an emergency, we all turn to our existing tools and networks—many of which are digital. Think about your connections and the online communities you’re already a part of, so you can share updates and information when something happens.

Learn how to create a family emergency communication plan

Alerts / Notifications

  • Register for NIXLE
    Many organizations use Nixle across Napa County to communicate emergency and community messaging. Alerts are sent via phone and email depending how you register. You may register a mobile and/or landline number, and an email address. To sign up for Nixle from your mobile phone, text the zip code you would like to receive alerts (ex: 94558) to 888777. 
  • PG&E Outage
    Sign-up on PG&E's website to be notified about power outages.
  • IPAWS
    IPAWS is a modernization and integration of the nation’s alert and warning infrastructure, and will save time when time matters most, protecting life and property.
  • School Systems
    Depending on which school you're looking to receive alerts and notifications from, please keep mind that their tools can vary. We suggest you reach out to them directly and ask what your options are to receive their communication.