September 29, 2016
City of Houston Invites Residents to Sign Up for Emergency Alerts
Recent events have shown how important it is for Houston residents to be informed when emergencies occur. The City of Houston's emergency response agencies work together to help protect the public, and an essential way of doing that is by informing people about situations as they're occurring, and what they can do in the immediate aftermath of an emergency.
Houston uses emergency notification systems to communicate directly with residents, businesses, and community organizations about ongoing emergencies in the City.
AlertHouston is the City's emergency notification system that quickly sends out an email to residents who have registered with the system. Additionally, all emergency alerts are posted directly to a specific Twitter and Facebook account as well as on Nextdoor.com, so Houston residents have easy access to trusted, reliable emergency information.
AlertHouston is used to communicate with residents when there is an isolated emergency in their neighborhood, as well as when emergencies affect the entire city or region.
Anyone who lives or works in Houston can sign up for AlertHouston by visiting houstontx.gov/emergency.
Registration is fast, free, and easy and your information will only be used to communicate with you in an emergency.
9-1-1 Emergency Notification System
Additionally, the Greater Harris County 9-1-1 Emergency Network (GHC 9-1-1) operates the region's 9-1-1 emergency notification system, which allows public safety agencies throughout Harris and Fort Bend Counties to send automatic notifications to telephones about local area emergencies.
If you have a traditional landline phone - your phone is likely already in the 9-1-1 notification database. If you would like to receive the notification on your cell phone, you MUST register your phone with the system in order to receive notifications.
Registration is easy, and free, and is open to ALL Residents of Harris and Fort Bend counties. Visit 911.org to register your phone today. To view a list of cities and counties served by GHC 9-1-1 visit https://www.911.org/participatinjursidictions.asp.
If you register to receive information from these alert services, be sure to read and listen to the complete message and follow instructions.
Being prepared for any type of emergency, whether is natural, like a flood; technological, like a hazardous chemical release; or intentional, like a terrorist attack or act of violence, residents should be prepared.
For information on how to prepare for disasters, visit the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management (OEM) website at houstonoem.org, or call 311 (713.837.0311) to order a copy of the City's Disaster Preparedness Guide.