Contact: Mitch Nordmeyer
428 6th St
Allison, IA, May 11, 2015
Butler County Debuts Alert Iowa Mass Notification System
This new emergency alert system can be used by state and local authorities to quickly disseminate emergency information to residents in Butler County that are signed up for the system. This new notification system takes the place of CodeRed which Butler County has used for the past 5 years. According to Mitch Nordmeyer, Director of the Butler County Emergency Management Agency, “The nice thing about this system is that it’s free of charge. CodeRed was fairly expensive to subscribe to and this new system funded by the State Legislature will save our citizens a substantial amount of money. CodeRed was used many times during disasters and emergencies over the past 5 years, but this new system will do all of the same things and a little more.”
Alert Iowa will allow citizens to sign up for the types of alerts they would like to receive. Messages can be issued via landline or wireless phone, text messaging, email, FAX, TDD/TYY, and social media. Also, messages may contain photo, video and audio attachments to help subscribers better understand the situation at hand, or where to find additional information. Citizens will be able to sign up to receive alerts on the county’s registration page and they also will have the option to sign up to receive alerts in multiple counties. Citizens will automatically receive all weather related warnings for our area and will have the option to receive Law Enforcement Notifications and Shelter In Place Warnings. Everyone who signs up for AlertIowa will also have the option to select cities in Butler County that they wish to receive alerts for and also school districts. Nordmeyer states “This new system will allow our citizens to receive more information than in the past, which will be a welcome addition.”
Nordmeyer also wants Butler County citizens to know that you will need to sign up for this new system just like they did for CodeRed. Currently anyone who has a landline is signed up for notifications, but if they want their cell phones and emails included they will need to access the sign- in page. This way will we will have the latest updated information for those who sign up. It’s very easy to get signed up for Butler County AlertIowa. All you need is a computer and internet access. You can click on the link below and it will take you to the sign-in page.