The Osceola County Public Works Department and the Office of Emergency Management will conduct a test of the Flood Alert Warning System between June 27 and July 26.

 The purpose is to test the county’s alerting capability for all residents. In previous tests, only the Special Flood Hazard Areas received the alert; however, testing the new system countywide allows for an enhanced opportunity to fully test the system. This test is part of the Community Rating System criteria, which brings lower flood insurance rates to the citizens. The testing will include residents in both the city of Kissimmee and the city of St. Cloud.

 Residents will receive a short telephone message. The message will state; this is a test, followed by information on what will occur if alerting is ever required. Since the system will only act upon phone numbers listed as public, not everyone will receive this message. In the event of a real emergency, the system will call all phone numbers, including those listed as private.

 The testing ensures the county has a viable way to notify residents through the County Mass Notification System known as Alert Osceola powered by Everbridge.

 AlertOsceola lets the county connect directly with residents in time of emergency: from storms to floods to hurricanes. Residents can sign up by texting AlertOsceola to 888777 – or by going online at www.osceola.org/agencies-departments/alert_osceola/.

 For additional flood information, or questions, contact Public Works at 407-742-8652. For information about the test, go to www.osceola.org and click on the Flood Alert Warning Notification TEST button or call 407-742-9000.