County adds Emergency Alert System

Published: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 2:52 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 2:52 p.m.

Alachua County Emergency Management has added the Emergency Alert System, a national public warning system that will allow fast delivery of television and radio warnings for life-threatening situations that are quickly developing.

This program will expand the county’s emergency warning capability. State and local authorities can use it to quickly provide the public with emergency information.

Local emergencies that would necessitate use of the system include flooding, severe weather, terrorism and chemical spills.

Another feature of the system includes a requirement that broadcasters provide communications capability to the U.S. president in times of national emergency.

People may request weather-related and other warning notifications on the CodeRed website,, or by phone at 352-264-6500.

-- Staff report

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