Information is critical before, during and after a disaster. There are several tools available to Alachua County to notify the public during an emergency. However, 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).
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.
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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Alachua County Emergency Management has recently acquired a new emergency notification system. The County is now using the CodeRED Emergency Notification System and it is an ultra high-speed telephone communication service for emergency notifications and the distribution of information considered to be important.
This system allows us to telephone all or targeted areas of the County in case of an emergency situation that requires immediate action, such as an evacuation, contaminated water, hazardous chemical spill, etc. This system is capable of dialing the entire County within minutes. It then delivers a pre-recorded message describing the situations to a live person or an answering machine in the affected area, possibly including instructions requiring immediate action on the part of the recipient.
While a calling data base was created by extracting information from the County's computerized files and other public record sources, it is certain that not all phone numbers of residents and residential and business property owners within our incorporated limits were captured.
If you reside or own property within the limits of Alachua County and would like to receive CodeRED emergency messages you may sign up by clicking the below link. IMPORTANT: USE YOUR PHYSICAL ALACHUA COUNTY ADDRESS. DO NOT USE POST OFFICE OR OUT OF TOWN ADDRESSES. Should you at anytime desire to be removed from the calling list you may do so by calling Alachua County Emergency Management at 352.264.6500.
To enroll in Alachua County's CodeRED Notification Database, visit the Community Enrollment Page. This allows you to supply your own information creating a more accurate database and allows you to select how you want to be notified.
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 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.
Emergency Notification System To Be Used
Emergency Management homepage | CodeRED - Emails | Community 12 Cable TV | Media Advisories | Rumor Control / 311
Emergency Management homepage | CodeRED - Emails, texts | Emergency Alert System/ NOAA Weather Radio | Rumor Control / 311
CodeRED - phone calls, texts | Emergency Alert System/
NOAA Weather Radio |