Alert Iowa, the State of Iowa’s official emergency notification system, is now active in 90 of 99 counties, including Floyd, Chickasaw, Howard, Bremer, Franklin, Butler, and Worth counties.
It allows state and local officials to utilize a single, statewide notification system that provides local control of how and when to disseminate emergency and public safety messages to residents. Worth County Emergency Management Coordinator Mark Tomlinson says the new system is customizable and allows for users to enter personal medical information that could aid in the response of authorities during disaster situations.
Tomlinson adds users can also choose from multiple languages and if they want to receive more just weather alerts. It’s free to register with Alert Iowa, but he reminds anyone who signed up through the old system, which expires at the end of June, will have to re-register with the new system.
Mitchell, Cerro Gordo and Wright counties in North Iowa are not participating with the Alert Iowa system.