What is the Public Threat Alert?

The Public Threat Alert System, created by Public Act 235 of 2016, is designed to warn the public of an immediate threat to public safety.  A public threat is defined as, “a clear, present, persistent, ongoing, and random threat to public safety.  A public threat includes, but is not limited to, an act of terrorism, an unresolved mass shooting, or an unresolved mass shooting spree.” 

The Public Threat Alert is maintained by the Department of State Police. It is designed to rapidly disseminate useful information to radio and television stations within this state and to wireless devices through the existing wireless emergency alert system operated under federal law.