Ways to Receive Emergency Notifications
At Emergency Management we are often asked what's the best way to stay informed. Thankfully, there are many ways to keep up to date on emergency situations in our communities.
Here are some convenient ways to stay informed:
- Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) is used by federal, state, and local authorities to share critical public alerts and warnings. IPAWS is a robust program that allows messages from several sources including the Emergency Alert System (EAS), Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), weather, and more. IPAWS notifications are sent by area and to cell phones within the alert area. You do not need to register to receive IPAWS alerts; however, you must have emergency alerts enabled on your phone to receive IPAWS messages on your mobile device.
- Emergency Alert System (EAS) is a system that's been in place for many years and disseminates information over cable television systems, satellite digital audio radio service, direct broadcast satellite, and wireline video service providers. There is no registration required for this service. If an alert is issued, it will automatically broadcast to television and radio stations.
- FlashAlert is used by many local police and fire agencies, as well as schools and other community/government organizations, to send emergency messages via FlashAlert. You can register to receive news releases and emergency notifications. You choose the agencies you wish to hear from. To register, visit:
- Marion County emergency alerts can be found on the Marion County website on the "Alerts & Emergencies" web page. A link to this page is posted at the top of every web page and if there is an active alert the link will flash red.