Emergency Operations Center
205 S Main Street
Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503

Office Hours

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday - Friday

Phone Numbers

Office: 712-328-5777
Fax: 712-328-5819
Email: pott.ema@pottcounty-ia.gov




Our Mission ……..

Protecting the whole community by coordinating, supporting, and integrating activities to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from all hazards.

Our Principles: We strive to be ……

  • Comprehensive
  • Progressive
  • Risk-Driven
  • Integrated
  • Collaborative
  • Coordinated
  • Flexible
  • Professional

“Our success is measured by how well we help others succeed”

 Click here to download our agency brochure.
Click here to download the Introduction to Homeland Security and Emergency Management for Local Officials Guidebook.

Stay Safe – Stay Informed

The Pottawattamie County Emergency Notification System is part of the statewide notification system “Alert Iowa.” Currently, 87 of Iowa’s 99 counties ituilize this statewide emergency notification system.
Alert Iowa is a notification system that provides local control of how and when to disseminate emergency and public safety messages to residents. Residents will be able to choose the types of automated alerts they receive, such as severe weather. Local officials can also distribute real-time critical warnings and information regarding imminent threats and emergencies that affect your neighborhood (law enforcment emergencies, missing persons, hazardous materials incidents, etc.).
Alerts are distributed via landline telephone, wireless phone, text messaging, email, FAX, TTY/TDD, and social media. Photo, video, audio and links may be included in the alerts to help recipients better understand the situation or where to go to get additional information.
In addition, Emergency Management has been authorized access to interface the new system with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) to send imminent emergency and public safety messages through the federal Emergency Alert System, NOAA Weather Radio and the Wireless Emergency Alerts system. Using IPAWS for local alerts will be another method to ensure the most urgent information is delivered to as many residents as possible when an emergency is happening and requires the public to take immediate preparedness or protective actions.
Residents can sign up for multiple phone numbers and addresses to receive emergency alerts for themselves or for loved ones in another community within the county. You may also sign up for alerts that may impact your place of business by registering separately for that address as well.
A critical feature with the system is the ability for citizens with special needs to provide that information during registration which will allow emergency responders and planners to effectively meet the needs of those with special needs impacted by disaster.


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Pottawattamie County Emergency Notification System

Pottawattamie Alert is the countywide emergency notification system serving all residents within Pottawattamie County and its communities.

Part of the Alert Iowa System, Pottawattamie Alert is a high-speed notification and weather warning service. This no-charge service is available to businesses and residents of Pottawattamie County and its Communities that allows public officials to warn citizens of pending emergencies, critical public information during disasters, recommended protective actions, and provides automated severe weather warnings tailored to your preferences. The system can also be used to provide other important information to communities.