Story County Iowa Alerts

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Story County Iowa Alerts
Emergency Notification System for Ames 

Ames residents have a fast way of learning about potentially dangerous emergency situations with a phone call, text, or e-mail message to their home, cell phone, or computer! 

In an emergency, every second counts. That’s why receiving key information as soon as possible can make all the difference. Story County Iowa Alerts is the new mass notification system for Ames that is capable of alerting all Story County citizens and emergency personnel of emergency situations. Story County Iowa Alerts is being implemented across Iowa and replaces the former emergency notification system called CodeRED. Alert Iowa logo

Story County Iowa Alerts can send emergency message to Story County, Ames, or targeted areas of the city in case of an emergency situation that requires immediate action (such as a boil-water notice, missing child, flood, or evacuation notices). It then delivers a recorded message to a live person or an answering machine, making three attempts to connect to any number.

Story County Iowa Alerts is populated with published landline telephone numbers associated with a property address. Cell phone and other telephone numbers can be added to the system for notifications affecting your property address. 

Get connected by using the link below.  You decide what numbers to register and even select notices from more than one city or school district. You can sign up to get messages for the town where you work, where your children go to school, or where you may have elderly relatives. Finally, you can identify special needs you may have to emergency responders or register to get messages directly from participating school districts. It's easy, just go to the link below and fill-in or check the boxes


No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included. All businesses should register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the last year, and who use a cellular phone as their primary home phone.

The system works for cell phones too, but the system needs an associated address. People who have recently moved, but kept the same listed or unlisted phone number also need to update their address in the database.