The Heart of Texas Council of Governments is reaching out to people who have cell phones but no landlines to participate in their emergency notification system.
The HOTCOG emergency notification system has a database of phone numbers for many of the residents and businesses in the six counties they cover, but that leaves those people who only have cell phones out of the picture for getting warning calls or notifications.
HOTCOG is passing the word that citizens can register their cell phone numbers and address informtion if they desire to receive future alert messages that apply to their area.
Citizens can register for phone, text and email messages but must list their physical address when they do so.
To learn more or to register your information for the system follow these steps
Go here on your computer, iPad or smartphone
Click on the ” Emergency Notification System” icon
Read about the program and register by clicking on the ” Register for Emergency Alerts” icon at the bottom of the page.
Select your county from the drop down list and then click the ” Continue to Registration ” tab.
If you have not registered previously click on the ” Sign up” link at the top of the page.
Select the weather alerts that you wish to receive. There are several to choose from.
All contact information provided, including phone numbers will not be shared or released to the public or to other agencies.
The Heart of Texas Council of Governments ( HOTCOG) partners with six counties: Bosque, Falls, Freestone, Hill, Limestone, and McLennan along with their cities to provide the alerts and notifications.
Notifications of such things as hazardous chemical spills, wildland fires, hostage situations, flooding, fugitive alerts and boil water notices are available.