Story County Emergency Management will test alerts system Sept. 13

Isabella Rosario
Ames Tribune

Story County Emergency Management will test its alerts system 1 p.m. Sept. 13, calling, texting or emailing 24,000 residents and businesses registered to receive notifications.

The agency is performing the countywide test as part of National Preparedness Month, according to a news release. Severe weather alerts or location-specific emergency alerts are delivered to those who have signed up through Story County Iowa Alerts.

In order to register, visit the Smart911 website at

By registering online, residents can create a profile for themselves and their families. They can also add address information for loved ones in other Story County communities. The system is "very customizable," according to the news release, allowing users to make changes to the alerts they receive.

Residents who do not want to create an online profile can opt-in via text message to receive alerts. To receive alerts for your city, text the name of your city and IA to 67283.

For example, to sign up for notifications related to Ames, text AmesIA to 67283. These emergency messages will not include severe weather alerts or other features that come with registering a profile through Smart911, the news release said.

Anyone who signed up for Story County Iowa Alerts but does not receive a message on Sept. 13 should check their profile to ensure they have selected the appropriate alerts, the release said. Call Story County Emergency Management at 515-382-7315 for further assistance.

For more information on emergency preparedness, visit the Story County Emergency Management webpage at or Be Ready Iowa at

Isabella Rosario is a public safety reporter for the Ames Tribune. She can be reached by email at or on Twitter at @irosarioc.