Today (May 18), the Iowa Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management announced upgrades to the AlertIowa system. These upgrades are a result of the State selecting a new vendor to deliver the emergency messages to subscribers across the state, Rave Mobile Safety/Smart 911. After reviewing the features of the new system, discussing concerns about moving over 4,000 subscribers to a new system in the height of the severe weather season and just as the tourism season is ramping up, the Dickinson County Emergency Management Commission has voted to keep our current system in place through Inspiron Logistics/WENS. Over the coming months, we will evaluate the options and features of the new State vendor, compare them to our current vendor, and determine whether we will rejoin the AlertIowa system or remain on our own.
DickinsonAlert is an Emergency Notification System that serves Dickinson County, Iowa. DickinsonAlert allows citizens to sign up for various types of notifications including severe weather alerts and local emergency notifications. In addition, many communities use the system to push alerts to their residents for things like snow removal, road closures, and utility disruptions. Messages can be issued via a voice call, text message, and/or e-mail. For more information on DickinsonAlert, or to register, go to www.dcem.us/dickinsonalert.