Emergency Notifications FAQ
Weather radios can be set to the following frequencies/channels to receive alerts for Douglas County:
- Channel 2: 162.425 (Halls Summit)
- Channel 4: 162.475 (Topeka)
- Channel 7: 162.550 (Pleasant Hill)
All three of the aforementioned frequencies will broadcast watches and warnings for Douglas County. Which one you choose will depend upon where within the county, which side of your home faces the transmitter, etc. Choose the frequency which provides the most clear voice and the least amount of static.
Emergency Management can assist with the programming of a weather radio at no cost to you. Please call our office to set up an appointment.
Weather radios are sold in most local grocery and hardware stores, online and at the offices of Emergency Management. Our office sells Midland weather radios for $30 and will assist you with programming for no additional cost.
The Everbridge system is provided for free to Douglas County residents by a grant through the NE Region Homeland Security Council. The system also is being utilized by a number of counties throughout the region.
The call notification system uses your location to send messages. For example, weather alerts are sent to you only when your location is included within the issued weather product. Your address also allows the county(s) you wish to receive alerts from to send targeted messages to you.
If your Midland receiver is beeping, the following explanation is the most common, but it is not the ONLY explanation for a beeping receiver. The Midland WR-120 desktop NOAA weather radio knows it is supposed to receive a weekly test from the National Weather Service every seven days. If the radio goes for ten days without receiving a test, it gives out one beep every ten minutes. The radio will re-set itself at the next weekly test, or the next watch/warning issuance.
Everbridge is a “confirm and quit” system meaning that once you confirm receipt of the message, the system will not use other methods of notification to reach you.