Media Alert FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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SCOTT COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY DEPUTY DIRECTOR
MEDIA ALERT PUBLIC COMMUNICATION ANNOUNCEMENT
The Scott County Emergency Management Agency will conduct a countywide TEST of the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system for cell phones on Sunday, December 18, 2022, at 1:00 PM.
The TEST is intended to ensure public safety officials have the methods and systems to deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public during an emergency or disaster. Periodic testing of public alert and warning systems is also a way to assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure required to distribute local, state, and national messages and determine whether technological improvements are needed. Only cell phones that have opted in to receive WEA TEST messages will receive this test.
Attached to this press release is an instructional guide for iPhone & Android users on how to turn these alerts on and emergency message options that individuals can elect to receive. One of these options includes receiving Testing Alerts. We HIGHLY encourage all individuals that live or work in Scott County to have these Emergency Message options selected to stay informed.
Local information can be found at the Scott County Emergency Management Agency’s website by visiting www.scottcountyiowa.gov/ema.
More information on the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System and Wireless Emergency Alerts is available at www.ready.gov/alerts.
By default, Government Alerts are turned on for your device. If you want to turn these alerts on or off, follow these steps:
In Android phones, the exact location of the options to enable WEAs vary.