Getting Notified of Emergencies

Can you be reached if a public emergency message is issued? Because fewer people have traditional wired phones and because there's no directory of cell phone numbers, we may not know how to contact you with an emergency message.

The Mass Telephone Notification System is designed to quickly alert the public of emergencies that may affect their health or welfare including evacuation notices and missing child alerts. Upon direction by local Fire/EMS or Law Enforcement, this system enables Dakota Communications Center to send recorded messages to targeted areas within the County at a rate of up to 60,000 calls per hour.

In addition to hard-wire home phones that are automatically registered, residents and businesses in Dakota County can self-register cellular and other contact telephone numbers, along with email addresses, they would like alerted in the event of an emergency in the area of their Dakota County residence or business.

How Do I Register?

  • Go to
  • Click on Community Notification
  • Click on Register to set up your profile

Setting up your profile allows you to maintain changes to your cell phone and email entries and also remove them from the database.

For Cell Phone or Email Registration Assistance

  • Dakota Communications Center: 651-322-8660

How Often Are Notifications Sent?

Notifications are sent rarely, and only if deemed emergent by your local fire or police department. Wire-line calls are part of the overall 911 database and cannot be removed from the notification process at this time.