Emergency Notification Methods


Alert Highlands Notification System

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Highlands County is committed to ensuring public safety, community awareness and emergency response. To uphold this, when critical information and public service announcements are available, we will reach out to our residents as quickly and reliably as possible. AlertHighlands allows the County to disseminate information across all types of devices, ensuring residents have access to real-time public information when they need it the most.  Any weather alerts our citizens sign up for will automatically be received through the National Weather Service.
To register, click on the icon above or click here.


NOAA Weather Radio
NOAA Weather Radio

NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office.  NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
We recommend the purchase and use of this radio in your home with a tone alert feature. This will allow you to receive warnings.
For more information, click on the icon above or click here
For Highlands County programming information contact Emergency Management at (863) 385-1112.


Wireless Emergency Alert System
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are short messages - less than 90 characters - may look like a test message, but unlike tests, which are sent directly to your phone number, these warnings are broadcast to all phones within range of designated cell towers.  The alerts will tell you the type of threat or warning , the time it goes into effect, when it was issued, the issuing agency and the time it will expire.  You'll need to turn to other sources, such as television or radio, to get more detailed information about what is happening and what actions to take.

The Wireless Emergency Alert System can be used to broadcast three types of emergency alerts:

PRESIDENTIAL ALERTS
Issued by the U.S. President in the event of a nationwide emergency.

IMMINENT THREAT ALERTS
Typically issued by the National Weather Service; in the Highlands County area, these could include both “extreme” warnings (tornado and high winds) and “severe” warnings (flash floods).

AMBER ALERTS
Issued by law enforcement to share information about a child abduction.