AUSTIN – People living in 10 Central Texas counties are encouraged to register for an updated 911 reverse alert system.
On Thursday, the Capital Area Council of Governments launched a new and improved system which alerts registered citizens quicker than the previous system either my text messaging, email or phone call.
“The current system that we have right now has the ability to send 6,000 messages at a time. So, it gets a lot of messages out in a short amount of time,” said Ed Schaefer, Director of Homeland Security at the Capital Area Council of Governments.
Residents of Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis and Williamson counties are all encouraged to register.
It’s free and organizers say the system does not track numbers.
“The news media does a great job if you're listening and watching, but when you go to bed at night you turn them off. The telephone will ring. The telephone will wake you up,” said Schaefer.
For more info on how to register for the Regional Notification System, go here.