Upgrades to Iowa’s emergency notification system, Alert Iowa, are making it easier for residents of Clarke County to sign up and receive alerts about severe weather and other emergencies.
Alert Iowa is a statewide emergency notification system the county uses to send alerts to residents. Improvements to the system will enable Clarke County officials to better communicate emergency information directly to citizens via voice call, text message, email, and social media. The system also now has the capability to translate messages into multiple languages.
“Alert Iowa is a great tool that allows us to push official, real-time alerts to our residents,” said Byron Jimmerson, Clarke County emergency manager. “These upgrades will not only make it easier for us to notify our residents when emergencies happen or we need to share important safety information, but will let residents choose the best way for them to receive alerts.”
Signing up for Alert Iowa is easy and can be done through the county’s web portal, by sending a text, or by downloading the Smart911 app. Residents who are currently signed up to receive alerts will need to sign up again.
To sign up, you can:
A) Create an account on the Clarke County web portal by clicking the button below.
B) Text Clarke followed by IA to 672-83.
or C) Download the Smart911 app from either the Apple or Google Play stores.
The target date for Clarke County to have the transition to the upgraded system completed is July 1st.
Watch https://www.facebook.com/clarkeiaema/ for updates.
To learn more about Alert Iowa in Clarke County, visit https://www.facebook.com/clarkeiaema/ Additional information on the system is available at www.homelandsecurity.iowa.gov.
For more information on this project please Contact Byron Jimmerson, Clarke County Emergency Management Coordinator.
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This article was first published on http://clarkecountylife.com.