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Alert Iowa Statewide Messaging System

 

Alert Iowa is a statewide mass notification and emergency messaging system. The system can be used by state and local authorities to quickly disseminate emergency information to residents in counties that utilize the system. The system is available, free of charge, to all counties, however, they are not required to use the system. Only 15 of Iowa's 99 counties are not using Alert Iowa.

 

Alert Iowa will allow citizens to sign up for the types of alerts they would like to receive. The best way to receive messages is via text message. Messages may contain photo, video and audio attachments to help subscribers better understand the situation at hand, or where to find additional information.

 

Inspiron Logistics releases apology for emergency messaging mistake

 

March 21, 2017 – "Inspiron Logistics sincerely apologizes to County Officials, the State of Iowa Representatives and most importantly the Iowan Citizens that were alarmed by this incorrect alert. Furthermore, engineers are in the process of building in safety measures into the Alert Iowa Notification System to ensure this event is not repeated."

 

Read the entire statement here.

 

 

 

 

The map below shows the counties that have signed up to join the Alert Iowa system. Citizens will be able to sign up to receive alerts on the county's registration page. If you choose, you may sign up to receive alerts in multiple counties. Click here for a PDF of this map.

 

Iowa counties who haven't already signed up for Alert Iowa but wish to do so can learn more about the process here.

 

Click on a participating county in this map to sign up for alerts!

 

Click here to access Audubon County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Decatur County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Van Buren County's emergency messaging page. Click here to link to Kossuth County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Davis County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Keokuk County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Jackson County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Emmet County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Clay County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Palo Alto's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Cass County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Boone County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Pocahontas County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Sac County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Jones County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Franklin County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Clarke County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Mitchell County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Guthrie County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Madison County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Adair County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Ida County's emergency messaging page. Click here to link to Bremer County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Story County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Woodbury County's emergency messaging page Click here to access Calhoun County's emergency messaging page. Click here to link to Scott County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Jasper County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Mahaska County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Buchanan County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Appanoose County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Iowa County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Wayne County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Buena Vista County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Washington County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Des Moines County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Montgomery County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Poweshiek County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Winneshiek County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Winnebago County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Henry County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Muscatine County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Cherokee County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Clarke County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Taylor County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Worth County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Marion County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Hancock County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Wapello County's emergency messaging page Click here to access Butler County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Floyd County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Webster County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Lyon County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Dallas County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Ringgold County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Monroe County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Cedar County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Monona County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Lee County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Black Hawk County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Tama County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Marshall County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Humboldt County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Chickasaw County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Lucas County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Jefferson County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Dubuque County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Dickinson County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Carroll County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Clinton County's emergency messaging page. Click here to link to Howard County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Decatur County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Shelby County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Fayette County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Osceola County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Linn County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Grundy County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Louisa County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Warren County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Pottawattamie County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access O'Brien County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Johnson County's emergency messaging page. Click here to access Plymouth County's emergency messaging page.

 

Alert Iowa counties (84)

 

A total of 84 counties have signed up to use the Alert Iowa system.

 

Eighty-two of these counties are able to both register users and send alerts. Hamilton and Union counties will be able to send and receive alerts soon.

 

Click a link below to sign up for alerts in participating counties.

 

Adair

Franklin

Monroe

Appanoose

Grundy

Montgomery

Audubon

Guthrie

Muscatine

Black Hawk

Hamilton

O'Brien

Boone

Hancock

Osceola

Bremer

Henry

Palo Alto

Buchanan

Howard

Plymouth

Buena Vista

Humboldt

Pocahontas

Butler

Ida

Pottawattamie

Calhoun

Iowa

Poweshiek

Carroll

Jackson

Ringgold

Cass

Jasper

Sac

Cedar

Jefferson

Scott

Cherokee

Johnson

Shelby

Chickasaw

Jones

Story

Clarke

Keokuk

Tama

Clay

Kossuth

Taylor

Clinton

Lee

Union

Dallas

Linn

Van Buren

Davis

Louisa

Wapello

Decatur

Lucas

Warren

Delaware

Lyon

Washington

Des Moines

Madison

Wayne

Dickinson

Mahaska

Webster

Dubuque

Marion

Winnebago

Emmet

Marshall

Winneshiek

Fayette

Mitchell

Woodbury

Floyd

Monona

Worth

 

 

Documents
Wireless Emergency Alerts

What are Wireless Emergency Alerts?

Wireless emergency alerts (WEAs) are used to send concise, text-like messages to WEA-capable mobile devices during emergency situations. WEAs are sent by state and local public safety officials, the National Weather Service, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and the President of the United States.

 

There are three types of alerts.

Presidential
Alerts are issued by the President or a designee during a national emergency.

Imminent Threat
Alerts are issued when an imminent threat to life or property exists in your area, including man-made or natural disasters such as flash floods and tornadoes.

Amber
Alerts are issued to help law enforcement search for and locate an abducted child.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about WEA messages

 

Q: How do I know if I’m able to receive WEA messages?

A: More than 100 wireless providers, including all of the largest carriers, have WEA-capable devices. WEAcapable phones first became available in April 2012, but many mobile devices, especially older ones, are not WEA-capable. If you purchase a new mobile device, it will probably be able to receive WEA messages. Check with your mobile carrier to determine if your device is capable of receiving WEA alerts.

Q: Do I need to sign up to receive WEA messages?

A: No. WEA messages are sent automatically to WEA-capable phones through participating carriers in a specific threat area.

Q: Will I be charged for receiving WEA messages?

No. This service is offered for free through wireless carriers. WEA messages will not count toward your texting limits on your wireless plan.

Q: What should I do if I receive a WEA message?

A: Follow any action advised by the message. Look for more information from local authorities or the media.

Q: Will a WEA message interrupt my phone conversations?

A: No. The alert will be delayed until you finish your call.

Q: Does WEA know where I am? Is it tracking me?

A: No. WEAs are broadcast from cell towers to mobile devices in the area of the threat. Every WEA-capable phone within range receives the message. WEA, like TV and radio stations, doesn’t know who is tuned in.

Q: How often will I receive WEA messages?

A: You may get very few WEA messages, or you may receive frequent messages if conditions change during an emergency. The number depends on the number of imminent threats to life or property in your area.

Q: If, during an emergency, I can’t make or receive calls or text messages due to network congestion, will I still be able to receive a WEA message?

A: Yes, WEA messages are not affected by network congestion.

Q: What if I don’t want to receive WEA messages?

A: Although it is not recommended, you can opt out of receiving WEA messages for imminent threats and AMBER alerts, but not for Presidential messages. To opt out, adjust the settings on your mobile device.

Q: What if I travel into a threat area after a WEA message has already been sent out?

A: If the threat is still active, your WEA-capable device will receive the message when you enter the area.

Q: Is this the same service public safety agencies have asked the public to register for (Alert Iowa)?

A: No, but the messaging is complementary. Local agencies may ask the public to sign up to receive telephone calls, text messages, or emails. Those messages often include specific details about a critical event. WEAs are very short messages designed to get your attention in a critical situation. They may not give all the details that you receive from other services (like Alert Iowa).

 

 

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