Wilton residents urged to sign up for emergency alert system


Upgrades to Iowa’s emergency notification system, Alert Iowa, are making it possible for residents of Wilton to sign up and receive alerts about severe weather and other city-related emergencies. (Examples include water main breaks, boil orders, street closures and snow emergencies.)

Alert Iowa is a statewide emergency notification system the county uses to send alerts to residents. Improvements to the system will enable city and county officials to better communicate emergency information directly to citizens via voice call, text message, email, and social media. The system also now has the capability to translate messages into multiple languages.

“Alert Iowa is a great tool that allows us to push official, real-time alerts to our residents. These upgrades will not only make it easier for us to notify our residents when emergencies happen or we need to share important safety information, but will let residents choose the best way for them to receive those alerts,” said Wilton Police Chief David Clark,

Signing up for Alert Iowa is easy and can be done through the county’s web portal, by sending a text, or by downloading the Smart911 app. Residents who are currently signed up to receive alerts from Muscatine County will need to sign up again on the upgraded system to begin receiving alerts specific to the city of Wilton.

Residents with a home phone number have already been pre-loaded into the system, and will receive voice messages at that number from the city of Wilton.

To sign up:

* For text messages only, text wiltoniowa to 67283

* For all media options: Create an account on the Muscatine County web portal at (copy URL and paste to browser) https://www.smart911.com/smart911/ref/reg.action?pa=muscatinecounty

* Download the Smart911 app from Apple or Google Play stores.

To learn more about Alert Iowa in Muscatine County or the city of Wilton, information on the system is available at www.homelandsecurity.iowa.gov. The Wilton Police Department can be reached at 563-732-2311.