Public Notification Systems and You

As emergency officials, we often notify our community of emergencies and special incidents in the their neighborhood.  They way we notify you, is often specific to the emergency, but methods include: 

Route Alerting

 Emergency Response Vehicles will drive through the impacted area making announcements over loud speaker.

Emergency Alert System (EAS)

 Traditional alerts to the public are broadcast on local EAS stations and the National Weather Alert System (NWAS) Channel.  Local media outlets monitor these alerts and often push them to the public.

Telephone/Text Alerts

 Citizens with a landline who live in the impacted area will be notified by telephone calls from the 911 Center when they need to take action.  Without a landline, or to be notified on cellular telephones (voice and text), citizens who register to the Emergency Notification System (ENS) will be called at the number they provided.  

Integrated Public Alert Warning System (IPAWS)

 During rare but critical situations, the 911 Center or Emergency Operations Center (EOC) may have life safety instructions that are of the highest priority and need immediate attention.  A Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) notification will call/text everyone in the area of a specific cellular phone tower.

Media Alerts to Local Broadcasters