What type of alerts will I receive with the AHAS service?

Q: What type of alerts will I receive with the AHAS service?

A:AHAS subscribers in Lexington/Fayette County will receive alerts for emergencies including, but not limited to severe weather such as tornados, thunderstorms, flood warnings, ice-storms, snow; man-made disasters such as chemical fires and biological accidents, as well as locally declared emergencies including boil water notices, evacuations, and shelter-in-place warnings.

The AHAS system sends accessible alerts to subscribers who are Deaf, Blind, Hard of Hearing, or Deaf-Blind before, during, and after an emergency. AHAS alerts are delivered in accessible formats including American Sign Language (ASL) videos for Deaf who rely on ASL, English voice for persons who are blind, and English text for Hard of Hearing or Deaf individuals who read English. AHAS text messages are delivered to internet connected refreshable braille readers for Blind or Deaf and Blind individuals who use braille.

Q: Do I need special video equipment to receive the alerts?

Q: What equipment do I need to receive the alerts?

Q: Will I need to purchase special equipment in the future if the program capabilities are expanded?

Q: How does the Braille format alert work?

Q: How will the equipment notify me that an alert has been issued?

Q: Where can I get information about acquiring assistive technology equipment?

Q: Do I need to carry my phone on my person while I am awake?

Q: What if I'm asleep and an alert is issued?

Q: Who can receive the alerts?

Q: I don't live in Lexington, but I work or go to school there, can I get the AHAS alerts?

Q: Why can't people outside of Lexington/Fayette receive the alerts?

Q: I live outside of Lexington/Fayette, how can I receive the AHAS service?

Q: What is the cost for this service?

Q: I do not have a functional need, can I receive the alerts also?