A category four hurricane is threatening the Florida peninsula. A tornado is headed for Mulberry. A lift station leak is spreading raw sewage onto South Florida Avenue. Armed criminals are loose in a Winter Haven neighborhood that includes an elementary school.
Before, people were solely reliant on learning about emergencies like these through the media. Today, you can get immediate notification on your smartphone, tablet, home phone, email, text and social media thanks to a new system that Polk County officials began using February 1, 2017. “Alert Polk” is part of “Alert Florida,” the State of Florida’s critical communications system shared with most public safety operations across the state. During situations that may affect the health, safety and welfare of Polk County residents, designated officials will send out messages to telephone numbers and email addresses within the affected geographic area.
Emergency, and/or public safety notifications include:
• Tornadoes/severe weather
• Mandatory evacuations
• Boil water orders
• Gas leaks
• Sexual predator relocation notices
• Critical law enforcement notices
• Hurricanes and hurricane recovery information
Time-critical notifications will be sent directly to your home phone, cell phone or email address. When you register to receive notifications, please be aware that phone carrier charges may apply for all alert messages and data. You will only receive alerts that affect the address(es) you register. You don’t have to live in Polk County to register. You may register where you work, your child’s school, your vacation/winter home or any location in Polk County.
Polk County no longer uses Code Red as their notification vendor. If you are registered with Code Red, you will need to re-register for Alert Polk at www.alertpolk.com or through the county’s website at polk-county.net. Click on the Alert Polk button in the top right corner of the county’s website’s home page to go to the Polk Alert registration page.
Alert Polk is a free service; Polk County government will never sell or provide your information to a third party. Information collected will only be used for the Alert Polk system. For more information, go to polk-county.net/EM, or call their Emergency Management division at 863- 298-7000.