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The Polk County Emergency Management Commission along with the three Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) serving the Polk County 911 Service Area are proud to announce the transition from the CodeRED emergency notification system to Polk County/Alert Iowa emergency notification system.

The new system will allow us to send messages to users more efficiently and uniformly when time is vitally important to the safety and/or welfare of the users of the system. By opting-in to receive alerts, users will receive a message via phone, text and/or email in the case of an emergency or severe weather.

Sign up HERE for Polk County/Alert Iowa Alerts! In the event of an emergency or severe weather, an alert will be sent to the phone number and/or email address provided by voice, text and/or email. This is a free service provided by Polk County and the State of Iowa, however, normal message fees may apply. To receive text messages to your cell phone, your cell phone must have text messaging capabilities.

For more information you can visit the Alert Iowa page to learn about this free messaging system, how to opt-in, how to customize the alerts you want to receive, FAQs, and a sign up guide.

Some examples of the types of incidents or events where the Polk County/Alert Iowa system may be effective in notifying our citizens include the following:

  • Environmental and Natural Disasters: Floods, Dangerous Water Conditions, Water Safety Alerts, Dam/Levee Breaks
  • Search and Rescue: Missing Children, Missing Elderly, Missing Disabled, Evacuation Notices, Evacuation Routes
  • Crime: Law Enforcement Activities, Prisoner Escape Warning, Neighborhood Crime Watches
  • Man-Made Disasters: Terrorism Threats, Bomb Threats, Nuclear Hazards, Bio Terrorism Threats, Chemical Spills, Hazardous Material Emergencies, Gas Leaks, Hostage Situations
  • Public Works: Drinking Water Contamination, Utility Outages, Street Closings, Public Notifications