Alert Iowa is a statewide mass notification and emergency messaging system. The system can be used by state and local authorities to quickly disseminate emergency information to residents in counties that utilize the system. The system is available, free of charge, to all counties.
Alert Iowa will allow citizens to sign up for the types of alerts they would like to receive. The best way to receive messages is via text message. Messages may contain photos, video, and audio attachments to help subscribers better understand the situation or where to find additional information.
The City of Council Bluffs has an outdoor warning siren network consisting of 20 weather warning sirens strategically placed throughout the city. The warning sirens are used to alert residents and visitors to severe weather events, including tornadoes, high winds in excess of 60 miles an hour, floods, or other severe and damaging weather events.
The warning sirens are intended as a severe weather warning system for people who are outdoors. However, not everyone will live close enough to hear the warning siren, and thus, we encourage all residents, businesses, and industries to have a severe weather plan, including a weather radio.