Building Closures | Get a Text, E-mail or Push Notification
State employees and citizens can receive notice of the unexpected* closure of state government offices through the FlashAlert Messenger system. Notices can be received as text messages, e-mails, or Push Notification on Android or iPhone devices. The Department of Administrative Services also makes closure information available through the media, a website, and for Salem- and Portland-metro closures, an employee-only hotline (503-373-0850).
Sample Text or E-mail
From: State of Oregon
Subject: May 9, 2009
Message: State offices in
Noname County are closed
today. See oregon.gov/das
for more info.
FlashAlert Messenger is used only for large-scale closures such as all state offices in a city, county or region; FlashAlert is not used to announce closure of a single building. See the box at right for a sample of a building closure notice.
If you need more information about building closures, click here and review the policy, employment rules and frequently asked questions under “Resources.” State employees should speak to their supervisor if they need additional information.
If you sign up for the FlashAlert Messenger service for the purpose of receiving state government building closure notices from DAS, you agree to the following:
The Oregon Department of Administrative Services makes available the FlashAlert Messenger system as a courtesy. The system serves as an additional level of communication between DAS and interested parties, including state employees, who want to know when state government closes offices because of inclement weather or other factors. Technical difficulties may cause this notification system to malfunction or delay message delivery. DAS is not responsible for such mishaps.
State employees have a responsibility to obtain notice of state office closures using the resources listed in state policy. Employees should speak to their supervisor if they have questions about the process the state uses to close offices, how the state communicates closures, the role of the employee, and the employment rules that apply.
Signing up for a FlashAlert Messenger account is free. However, a user cannot hold DAS responsible for any fees or charges incurred for messages the user receives from FlashAlert Messenger. Users have the responsibility to confirm with their mobile device service provider the terms of their account for any device used to receive messages using FlashAlert Messenger, including whether fees apply to incoming text messages.
When cell phone or e-mail accounts change or close, the user has the sole responsibility to update their account information in FlashAlert Messenger in order to receive future closure notices.
*DAS does not use FlashAlert Messenger to announce planned closures such as state furlough days or state holidays.