Emergency Information Sources

SMC Alert

SMC ALERT is an alert notification system used to immediately contact you during urgent or emergency situations with useful information and updates by sending text messages to your:

  • email (home, work, school, etc.)
  • cell phones or other mobile devices, text or call
  • land lines

To receive alerts automatically, you will need to register with the system.

You can view recent alerts just by visiting the SMC Alert web page at www.smcalert.info.

FireDispatch.com publishes live fire department emergencies as they are happening—in real-time, unedited, and long before they become "news". FireDispatch.com combines the latest web technologies including streaming audio and video, digital images, and dynamic mapping to virtually put you on scene with the firefighters. FireDispatch.com mirrors the real world, so content changes by the second, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—you never know what will happen next.

Live dispatch status is available for all of San Mateo County as well as for the City of Palo Alto.