Receiving Emergency Alerts

slider-alertThe best way to stay informed of hazards and potentially dangerous situations is to be aware of your surroundings, including tuning into your local radio and TV stations. However, with today’s technology, there are a number of ways to stay informed about the hazards that threaten us.

Regional Emergency Notification System

If you live in Bosque, Falls, Freestone, Hill, Limestone, or McLennan Counties, you have the opportunity to subscribe to local emergency notifications.  These counties participate in HOTCOG’s regional emergency notification system that allows local officials to send out verbal alerts to the community.  These alerts can be received on both cell phones and landline telephones.  However, if you want to receive notifications, you must register for the system and provide your information.

Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)

Wireless and cellular providers across the nation are partnering with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to provide text alerts to mobile devices.  While the system is still under development, some providers already have the capability to disseminate the national warnings.  Warnings sent out through the WEA system include missing children (amber alerts), severe weather alerts issued by the National Weather Service, and Presidential alerts. You can learn more from NOAA by clicking here.

NOAA Weather Radio

There are times that cellular phones and landline telephone are unable to provide us with information.  When telephone lines are damaged due to fallen trees or power outages prevent us from watching local television stations, NOAA weather radios are extremely useful.  These small radios allow us to receive alerts from the National Weather Service while listening to local radio stations.  Some of the more advanced radios will even allow you to charge your cell phone or other USB-powered devices.  NOAA weather radios are available from a large number of retailers, including HEB, Walmart, RadioShack, and Ace Hardware.