- Emergency Management
Alert Iowa is the State of Iowa’s official emergency notification system, utilized by Muscatine County to communicate emergency information and weather alerts directly to citizens via voice call, text message, email, and social media.
Residents can sign up by:
- Creating a user account online that allows them to receive address-targeted alerts of their choice.
- Creating a user account provides the opportunity to register a whole household under one account, and provide optional additional information to emergency management that assists in planning and preparedness efforts.
- Texting MUSCATINEIA to 672-83 to subscribe to countywide alerts.
- Downloading the Smart911 App from the Apple Store or Google Play. The Smart911 app can be utilized with or without an account. The app allows you to enable geolocated alerting based on your phone's location.
Residents who would prefer messages in a language other than English can now identify their preference when they sign-up online and create their user account.
To learn more about the program, you can read the FAQ page (English) or FAQ page (Spanish) or visit alert.iowa.gov to see a map of participating counties across the state.
Meeting RequirementsThe plan will meet the requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, also known as DMA 2000. The Act, which was signed into law on October 30, 2000, streamlines delivery and utilization of disaster recovery assistance and places increased emphasis on local mitigation planning.
It requires local governments to develop and submit mitigation plans as a condition of receiving project grants under four FEMA programs: Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM), Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL)
ChangesMuscatine County has successfully used the HMGP program to acquire flood-damaged residential properties following the 1993 and 2008 floods. The West Liberty Community School District has also used HMGP funds to construct a tornado safe room.
DocumentationThe plan must document the process of plan development, including public participation. The plan must identify and assess all natural hazards that may impact the area and may also include man-made disasters related to technology, infrastructure, and terrorism. The plan will profile participating communities, identify critical facilities, and estimate potential damage costs.
With this information, the planning effort will develop mitigation goals, evaluate a variety of mitigation measures, and prioritize an implementation strategy with continued plan monitoring included. This process will be documented in the plan. Public input is welcomed throughout this process.