Department of Administrative Services

State employees and citizens can receive notice of the unexpected* closure of state agencies through the FlashAlert system. Notices can be received as text messages, emails, or smartphone alerts. The Department of Administrative Services also makes closure information available through the media and a website.

FlashAlert is used only for large-scale closures such as all executive branch state agencies​ in a city, county or region. FlashAlert is not used to announce closure of a single building. Review the text at right for a sample building closure notice, and note the "Terms of use" at the close of this page. 

Beginning Oct. 1, 2017, notices of Oregon state government building closures will be sent geographically to these four areas: (1) Portland/Salem area, (2) Eugene area, (3) Medford/Grants Pass/Klamath Falls area and (4) Central/Eastern Oregon. This gives subscribers of the FlashAlert system a choice of which closure notices they receive.​ 

Frequently asked questions

If you did not update your account before Oct. 1, 2017, the answer is Yes, you must update your account. Log into your FlashAlert account and go to "Add Subscription," select your region, search for "State of Oregon" and choose the sub-region(s) you wish to add to your subscription. NOTES: (1) Do not delete or de-select the main organization “State of Oregon.” (2) As you subscribe to additional sub-region(s) you will see the number on the “My Subscriptions” tab increase accordingly. Click on the My Subscriptions tab to confirm (or change) existing subscriptions.​​
You will no longer get building closure notices through FlashAlert (although you will receive DAS news releases if you subscribe to the main “State of Oregon” organization within FlashAlert).  ​
Create a FlashAlert account. Go to "Add Subscription," select your region, search for "State of Oregon" and choose the sub-region(s) you wish to add to your subscription. NOTE: Do not delete or de-select the main organization “State of Oregon.”​
If you use the FlashAlert phone app, an update is available for iOS devices as of August 2017. FlashAlert updated the Android version in fall 2016.
If you need support, please contact FlashAlert at support@flashalert.net​.​
If you need more information about building closures, visit the building closures webpage. State employees should speak to their supervisor if they need additional information.​

 

Terms of use 

If you sign up for the FlashAlert service for the purpose of receiving state building closure notices from DAS, you agree to the following:

1.The Oregon Department of Administrative Services makes available the FlashAlert 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 executive branch agencies close 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.

2.State employees have a responsibility to obtain notice of state building closures using the resources listed in state policy (see link below). 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. 
State policy: Temporary Interruption of Employment

3.Signing up for a FlashAlert account is free. However, a user cannot hold DAS responsible for any fees or charges incurred for messages the user receives from FlashAlert. 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, including whether fees apply to incoming text messages.

4.When cell phone or email accounts change or close, the user has the sole responsibility to update their account information in FlashAlert in order to receive future closure notices.​

 
   

*DAS does not use FlashAlert to announce planned closures such as state holidays. 

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Return to main building closures page

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Sample closure notice:

From: State of Oregon
Subject:
May 9, 2014
Message:
State agency offices in Noname County are closed today. See oregon.gov/das for more info.