Aurora Alert! 1,500 Sign-Ups in One Weekend for New Emergency Notification System

Aurora Alert! 1,500 Sign-Ups in One Weekend for New Emergency Notification System

The city of Aurora has launched a new resident notification system called Aurora Alert — a state-of-the-art service that provides real-time information about emergencies, traffic updates and community news.

The service is available any time and on any device.

“Timely and accurate information is critical to the success of any city,” said Mayor Robert J. O’Connor. “The new Aurora Alert system will better equip the city to notify our residents and businesses. With nearly 1,500 people registering in one weekend during a recent snow storm, it is clear that there is a need and demand for quick access to proper information.”

In addition to those who registered recently, Aurora Alert also includes more than 40,000 landline telephone numbers for residents and businesses in Aurora.

To register, residents should complete a customized Aurora Alert account by visiting and clicking on the Aurora Alert banner at the top or to the right.

By completing a customized account, residents will also be able to receive notifications via text, email, TTYD devices and phone calls to cell, home and work phones. In addition, profiles are customized based on address which allows for alerts to be distributed to specific areas.

Resident can sign up for cell phone alerts simply by texting AURORAIL to 888777 to receive abbreviated text alerts only.

For more detailed information, visit

Aurora Alert: Frequently Asked Questions

What is Aurora Alert?

This service allows you to opt-in to receive notifications via phone calls, text messaging, e-mail and more based on locations you care about. You can choose to receive notifications about events that may affect your home, workplace, family’s schools and more.

When will it be used?

This system will be used to notify you about imminent threats to health and safety as well as informational notifications that affect your locations or work environments. Administrators will send notifications regarding severe weather, flooding, gas leaks, police activity and more.

Will I still get emergency notifications if I don’t sign up?

If you don’t create a username and password, you will receive notifications only by the methods that are on file for your Organization.

What if my phone number or email address changes?

The system is only as good as the information you provide. If your contact information changes, you can always visit your profile and update your information.

Will my contact information be shared with others?

No. The information that you provide will be used only for this Organization for notification purposes. We will not give or sell your contact or location information to any vendor or other organization.

About the City of Aurora

Located 35 miles west of Chicago, Aurora is the second largest city in Illinois with a population of 200,456.  Aurora is known as the “City of Lights” because it was one of the first in the nation to illuminate its streets with electric lights.  Situated along the Fox River and the Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway (Interstate 88), the city extends 46 square miles encompassing Kane, DuPage, Kendall and Will counties.  Aurora also is home to six public school districts and seven townships.  For the latest news, access to an archive of past news releases or to follow the city on Facebook or Twitter, visit the city’s website at