Fayetteville launches new emergency alert system

Fayetteville Fire Chief David Dayringer speaks alongside Police Chief Greg Tabor and Chief of Staff Don Marr during a news conference to unveil the new Fayetteville Alert System.


Fayetteville officials launched a new emergency alert system this month designed to notify residents about tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, flash flooding and other emergencies.

The free service is also capable of providing non-emergency updates with information about street closures, sidewalk repairs, trash collection delays and community events.

Unlike a traditional city-wide alert service, the new system is address specific, meaning that alerts will only be sent to people who could be affected by a storm or a nearby event like a street closure.

When signing up, enrollees can select different types of alerts to receive, and then prioritize which method they’d like the city to use to contact them.

“You can get as much information as you’d like, but the absolute minimum is tornado alerts and severe thunderstorm warnings,” said Don Marr, the mayor’s chief of staff and the city’s emergency manager. “You just decide what you want to be notified about and how you want to be notified.”

Marr said those who sign up for police alerts could be notified about recent vehicle break-ins in their neighborhood.

“The more eyes that we have watching the better,” said Marr. “This gives you the ability to put more people on notice to remember to lock their cars.”

Signing up for the service is simple. Just visit the city’s website and click the signup link at the top of the page, or click here to go directly to the signup page.

Participants will be asked to create a free account by entering a preferred username and password, plus their name and email address. From there, users can enter addresses for their home, work, school or any place for which they’d like to receive address-specific alerts. After that, enrollees can select specific alerts and different ways to receive them.

Users can log in at any time to add or remove an addresses, or to change which notifications they’d like to receive.

According to city documents, Fayetteville has contracted with Everbridge Inc. for the new system, which will cost a little over $28,000 annually for at least three years.

Fayetteville Alert System notification choices

Bids and Auctions
– Bids/RFP’s/RFQ’s
– City Surplus & Auctions

Business License Program
– Business License Renewal

Economic Development
– City Economic Monthly Reports
– City Economic Quarterly Reports
– City Economic News & Announcements

Budget and Finance
– City Quarterly Financial Report
– City Annual Budget Report
– Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

Recycling and Trash Collection
– Recycling/Trash Schedule Changes

– Residential Parking Permit Renewal
– Annual Parking Permit Renewal
– Parking Lot Closures

District Court
– District Court Closings

– Major Road Closures/Detours
– Local City Street Closures – Paving
– Local City Street Closures – Utility
– Sidewalk Closures

– Airport News and Events
– Fayetteville Flight Services (FBO)
– Hangars Available for Lease & Renewals

Volunteer Opportunities
– Animal Services Volunteer Opportunities
– Parks & Rec. Volunteer Opportunities
– General – City Volunteer Opportunities
– Library Volunteer Opportunities

Police and Fire
– Police News
– Fire News

– Media Releases

Recreation Opportunities
– Youth Soccer
– Youth Softball
– Youth Baseball
– Be Active Summer Camps
– Youth Spring Break Camps
– Adult Softball
– Coed Kickball
– Coed Volleyball
– Tennis Programs
– Ultimate Frisbee
– Disc Golf
– Rugby
– Ozark Volleyball
– NW AR Horseshoe Association
– Ozark Flyers – Model Airplane Club
– City Pool
– City Lakes
– City Parks
– City Trails

Weather and Hazards
– Red Flag Warning
– Extreme Cold Warning
– Freeze Warning
– Wind Chill Warning
– Excessive Heat Warning
– Tornado Watch*
– Tornado Warning*
– Severe Thunderstorm Watch*
– Severe Thunderstorm Warning*
– Flash Flood Warning
– Flood Warning
– Heavy Snow Warning
– Ice Storm Warning
– Winter Storm Watch
– Winter Storm Warning
– Winter Weather Warning
– Freezing Rain Warning

Neighborhood News
– Ward 1
– Ward 2
– Ward 3
– Ward 4

Community News and Events
– City Quarterly Newsletter
– Community Assistance Programs
– Bulky Waste Clean-ups
– Yvonne Richardson Community Center
– Animal Shelter News and Events
– Trash Collection/Recycling News
– Planning Commission Agendas
– Library Events

* Tornado and severe thunderstorm alerts will be sent to everyone who enrolls.