Be Informed

Information is critical before, during and after a disaster. There are several tools available to Alachua County to notify the public during an emergency. H​owever, no one system can deliver notices to the whole population in a timely manner. Therefore, depending on the speed and severity of event, one or more tools will be used to warn the public. While Alachua County Emergency Management provides the means for notification, it is still incumbent on the individual to ascertain and maintain the tools best for them. (Please note that each tool below is for informational purposes only and should not be substituted for official notification via a NOAA Weather Radio. A NOAA Weather Radio remains the most effective way to receive timely, and official emergency notifications).

Tool Box

This tool box not only includes press releases and live media briefings but the following as well:

Emergency Management Home Page

Official source of emergency notification information for Alachua County. Other notification means will refer to the homepage for additional information. Provides information to County population and other interests monitoring website.

Storm Watch Page

Follow tropical weather all season long with maps and information at our Storm Watch Page.

Current Activation

The Current Activation page serves as a repository of an incident related informaiton, to include press release, shelter openings, road closures, etc.

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Alert Alachua

Get alerted about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for our Emergency Alert Program. This system enables us to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods.

You will receive time-sensitive messages wherever you specify, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more. You pick where, you pick how.

Sign up to Alert Alachua

Accessible Hazard Alert System (AHAS)
Accessible Hazard Alert System (AHAS)

However The Accessible Hazard Alert System or AHAS is a service that the County has acquired from Deaf Link, Inc. The system offers Emergency Management the capability of warning and alerting persons who are Deaf, Blind, Hard of Hearing or Deaf/Blind. Additionally, persons with low literacy can benefit from AHAS.

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AHAS

sends accessible alerts to Internet and video capable devices such as computers, cell phones, iPads and braille readers. Alerts are offered in American Sign Language (ASL), English voice and test.

To enroll, visit the Alachua County AHAS page.

Click here for the AHAS Flyer

Emergency Alert System (EAS)

The Emergency Alert System or EAS can rapidly disseminate emergency information to the general public at the request of Local, State and Federal Officials via television and radio. The Local EAS may be activated in response to emergency situations such as severe weather, floods, chemical spills, terrorism or any occurrence that poses a danger to life or property. EAS is activated to warn the populace of an impending or occurring emergency that may require protective actions on their part.

WRUF-AM (AM 850), WRUF-FM (Rock 104), WUFT-FM (Classic 89) and WUFT-TV/DT are the local primary EAS stations.

Alachua County Emergency Management can issue Non-Weather Related Emergency Messages via EAS. For a list of the types of messages and their definitions, click here.

For more information, visit Emergency Alert System

Community 12

Community 12 is the government television channel for Alachua County and the City of Gainesville. The County can broadcast live, by tape delay or display disaster information on a PowerPoint presentation.

3-1-1 and County Rumor Control

The Alachua County Crisis Center is staffed 24 hours a day making it an ideal point of information for citizens. When disaster conditions are imminent or have occurred, the Crisis Center becomes the Rumor Control Center. Callers will be able to talk to operators for crisis information. The Rumor Control telephone number is 352.264.6557. Rumor Control serves population within and outside the County. Additionally, the 3-1-1 Emergency Line is activated during a disaster with either recorded messages or live call takers. However, Alachua County 3-1-1 can only be access within the county.

Municipal Notification Systems

The following cities operate their own notification systems in addition to the ones listed above. Click on the link to sign up for your city's system.

* City of Gainesville - Gainesville Police Alerts - TipSoft
* City of High Springs - Nixle

Emergency Notification System To Be Used
Time In
days Hours minutes 
Emergency Notification System To Be Used
Days

Emergency Management homepage | Alert Alachua- Emails | Community 12 Cable TV | Media Advisories | Rumor Control / 311


Hours

Emergency Management homepage | Alert Alachua- Emails, texts | Emergency Alert System/ NOAA Weather Radio | Rumor Control / 311


Minutes

Alert Alachua - phone calls, texts | Emergency Alert System/ NOAA Weather Radio

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