Community Warning Systems
The AlertSantaRosa system enables the county to provide residents with critical information related to severe weather, evacuations, protective actions, and more. Residents can register to receive time-sensitive alerts for a physical address via home, mobile and business phones, text messages and email addresses.
This service is a great way to receive timely and accurate weather updates, as weather watches and warnings are sent directly from the National Weather Service through AlertSantaRosa.
Once you sign up, be sure to click "Send Test Notification" to make sure the contact information listed is correct.
IPAWS - Integrated Public Alert and Warning System
IPAWS is FEMA's national system for local alerting that provides authenticated emergency and life-saving information to the public through mobile phones using Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), to radio and television via the Emergency Alert System (EAS), and on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Weather Radio.
WEA - Wireless Emergency Alerts are messages that warn the public of an impending natural or human-made disaster. WEA messages are short and can provide immediate, life-saving information. Cell phones and mobile devices receive WEAs based on location, even if cellular networks are overloaded and can no longer support calls, text and emails.
If you travel into an area after a WEA was sent, your WEA-capable device will receive the message, if the alert is still active.
Wireless Emergency Alerts are not subscription based and there is no need to provide personal information to be able to receive a WEA. WEAs are based on location. You will receive a WEA message, even if you are:
- In an area outside where you don't live
- Outside the are where your phone is registered
EAS – The Emergency Alert System is a national public warning system that requires radio and TV broadcasters, cable TV, wireless cable systems, satellite and wireline operators to provide the President with capability to address the American people within 10 minutes during a national emergency.
NOAA Weather Radio - NOAA Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. When an alert is broadcasted, the radio will override all other radio functions and temporarily switch to the NOAA channel to broadcast warnings, alerts and post-event information.
Click here for more information on IPAWS, WEA, EAS or NOAA Weather Radio.
Santa Rosa County, through the public information officer, provides all information regarding safety of life and property to all media outlets that covers news in Santa Rosa County. Sign up today to receive Santa Rosa County releases.
The Weather Channel may display Santa Rosa County emergency weather related information on their text crawl, which is displayed at the bottom of the television screen.
Taminco / Air Products Sirens
Sirens are placed strategically throughout the Pace area in order to provide emergency alerts from the Taminco / Air Product Plant. These sirens may be used for hazardous material release or weather related incidents. Sirens are tested on the first Sunday of each month at 2:15 p.m.