San Diego residents urged to sign up for cell phone emergency alerts

Posted at 6:14 PM, Oct 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-12 21:33:22-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego County wants people to register their cellphones with "Alert San Diego" so they can be notified of emergencies even if they don't have a landline. 

These days cellphones are rapidly replacing landlines. A little more than 50 percent of American households don't even have a house phone anymore, according to a recent government study. 

Back in 2007 when massive wildfires erupted in San Diego County, hundreds of thousands of residents received phone calls to alert them of the situation. 

If you have a landline, listed or not, you're automatically registered, but your cell phone isn't. You can sign up by going to

So far the county says there's about 400,000 cell phones signed up for Alert San Diego.