Existing smart environment based alert solutions have adopted a relatively complex and tailored approach to supporting individuals. These solutions have involved sensor based monitoring, activity recognition and assistance provisioning. Traditionally they have suffered from a number of issues, rooted in scalability and performance, associated with complex activity recognition processes. This paper introduces a generic approach to realizing an alerting platform within a smart environment. The core concept of this approach is presented and placed within the context of related work. A description of the approach is provided, followed by an evaluation. This evaluation shows the approach offers reasonable accuracy, future work will increase accuracy.