Emergency Notification System

Attention Residents:

The City of Oberlin keeps residents and businesses informed of emergencies and other time-sensitive information through WENS, a high-speed emergency notification solution provided by Lorain County EMA . The City uses WENS to quickly and effectively keep the community informed of time sensitive information that may impact the entire city, or specific neighborhoods.


Oberlin will use the WENS system to keep you informed of emergency information that may impact your safety by sending you telephone calls, text messages and emails. Messages may regard evacuations, police activity, missing children, boil water notices or other information that you are asked to take immediate action or precautions for.  When you register, you will be given the option to sign up for weather alerts which are issued by the National Weather Service.

Please note: If you are unsure of whether your contact information is in the emergency database, or you have recently moved or changed your telephone number, it is important to visit the enrollment page above to add or update your information. Do not assume you are automatically enrolled to receive notifications.

Signing up is as easy as 1-2-3.


You can choose to receive alerts from other communities and receive weather alerts issued by the National Weather Service.

Click here to sign up for WENS emergency notifications

NOTE:  The City of Oberlin will not be using the CodeRED emergency notifications as of December 31, 2019.  The City will be utilizing the Lorain County Emergency Notification System know as WENS.  The WENS system will be used exclusively beginning January 1, 2020.  To register for the WENS emergency notification and public alerts, please click here

Should I Register?

All individuals and businesses that have:

• Unlisted phone numbers
• Changed their phone number or address since November 1, 2013
• Use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary phone

WHAT INFORMATION IS NEEDED? Required information includes first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code, and primary phone number, additional phone numbers like cell and TDD/TTY devices may be entered as well. You may need to indicate your cell phone carrier and if you would like to receive text messages. Your information will only be used to send emergency and general notifications that your local officials deem appropriate. Click here when you are ready to enroll or access the WENS.

NOTE:  You will have to enter your phone number twice if you would like to receive voice calls and text messages.  Please be sure to click the appropriate box indicating how you would like to receive your alert.

Encourage friends, family members, colleagues and neighbors to enroll in this important service.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT WENS! Please urge your friends and family to enroll in the database by telling them about WENS and sharing a link on your social network pages like Facebook and Twitter.

WHAT IF I NEED ASSISTANCE IN REGISTERING? If you wish to submit a written request, please complete the WENS Registration Form and mail/drop off at City Hall or the Oberlin Fire Department. Provide all required information, submit to City Hall or the Fire Department, and we will ensure that you are entered into the notification system.

Additionally, a person or business that does NOT wish to be included in the Community Notification System may request that their information be removed from the system by calling the the Oberlin Fire Department at 440-774-3211 or email at fireinfo@cityofoberlin.com


430 South Main Street
Oberlin, Ohio 44074


Ph: 440-774-3211
Fx: 440-774-7809