(Des Moines) The head of the Iowa Emergency Management Agency today said they’re working on a more tightly targeted disaster alert system for the state.
“It’s kind of a substitute for weather radios,” said Mark Schouten, Director. “Weather radios were great when they came into effect, but they have the affect of over warning. You cannot tailor a message to a specific geographical area. These new systems can.”
Schouten says the system will soon allow emergency management to alert residents living inside a polygon drawn on an alert map. He says the system is so smart you could even draw a donut if you needed to, alerting people around an area, while not bothering the residents inside the donut hole.
Iowa Radio Network