Public Safety Alert System

The Long Lines Link Public Safety Alert System is a FREE small, simple application which you can download and install on your Windows-based personal computer. (Currently not available to Unix or Mac users.) It’s like having your own, personal meteorologist right on your computer.

Once installed and connected to the Internet, you will receive public safety alerts, current temperature and severe weather warnings directly on your computer screen, as well as other features such as local and national weather. This PC based emergency alert system will improve public notification of local, state and national emergency warnings. It will provide rapid notification of severe weather from the National Weather Service, state Amber Alerts for missing children and emergencies issued through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security or local officials.

The application can either run fully open on your desktop or as a minimized application – showing the current temperature – in your system tray. The system will sit idle in a personal computer until an alert is issued. When an emergency is declared, it will sound a warning through your PCs speakers, followed by a pop-up screen and text crawl explaining the type of emergency. The user can reduce the screen after receiving the alert, but updated information will scroll across the bottom of the screen.


Desktop Alert Application Features

  • Notification of Local Public Safety Alerts
  • Notification of Siouxland Tri-State AMBER Alerts
  • Option for receiving school closure notifications by school district -Notification of Breaking News
  • Severe Weather Alerts for the Tri-State Siouxland Region
  • Current Temperature Display on Your Computer
  • Various Other Weather Current Conditions
  • Current Homeland Security Level
  • National and Local Zoomable Weather Maps
  • Your Personal Weather Forecast
  • It's Absolutely FREE!!


Desktop Alert Application Operation

To Minimize the window, just click on the X in the upper right corner. The current temperature will be displayed in your Windows task bar.

To Maximize the window again, double-click on the current temperature display.

During severe weather warnings, you will receive a text crawl directly on your computer much like those you are familiar with seeing on television. The crawl is preceded by an audible alert sound, to bring attention to your computer.

All you need is an Internet connection. No web browser, such as Internet Explorer or Netscape, is required to receive the benefits of the Long Lines Link Public Safety Alert System.