FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 7, 2016
CONTACT: HSEMDPIO@iowa.gov or (515) 725-3231
Iowans urged to refrain from calling 9-1-1 to report receiving test emergency messages via text
DES MOINES - This afternoon, mobile phone users in Iowa and about a dozen other states may have received one or more text messages via Wireless Emergency Alerts. These messages have not originated from the State of Iowa or any local jurisdiction in Iowa.
Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management would like to remind mobile phone users that these text messages are TEST messages only. Iowans are asked to refrain from calling 9-1-1 to report receiving these messages, as 9-1-1 is meant for emergency calls only. State officials are actively investigating the issue at this time and will provide an update once additional facts are obtained.
The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management leads, coordinates and supports homeland security and emergency management functions in order to establish sustainable communities and ensure economic opportunities for Iowa and its citizens.