The Scott County Emergency Management Agency and the City of Davenport announced updates to their public communications tool on Monday.
The tool, Alert Iowa, has been available online and in app form since Monday, Brian Payne of the emergency management agency told a news conference.
Alert Iowa, also known as Smart911, gives community members more control over the notifications they want to receive from the county and their individual cities. Possible notifications include emergency alerts, community updates, snow related emergencies and other weather alerts, etc.
“If you are referring to the derecho that hit us in August 2020, we know there are gaps within the community, and we believe this partnership will really improve the ability of our community members to stay safe and secure. informed. “
Letters have been sent to residents of Scott County explaining how to download the app or access the system online.
The Emergency Management Agency is partnering with Milestone’s Area Agency on Aging to provide assistance to residents aged 60 or older who may need help creating an account or accessing information without an internet connection.
The system also has a feature that can translate updates into dozens of different languages, according to Payne.