84 of Iowa's 99 counties are now signed up to use Alert Iowa emergency messaging system
March 27, 2015 - As of today, 84 of Iowa's 99 counties plan to use Alert Iowa, the statewide mass notification system, to disseminate emergency information to their residents.
Of the counties that have signed on, 46, or nearly half of the state, are 100 percent operational - meaning they can register users and are able to issue alerts at this time. Five other counties can register users but are not yet issuing alerts, and 33 more are in the beginning phases of implementing the system.
Two years ago, based on a survey sent to all counties by Iowa HSEMD, about half of Iowa's counties were paying, in total, more than $600,000 every year for their emergency messaging systems, and nearly one third of Iowa's counties had no system in place at all. The State now pays $300,000 annually for the system, which is available at no cost to the counties.
The State of Iowa's Phase 1 application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the National Disaster Resilience Competition is posted on our website, and comments were accepted through March 21.