The City of San Antonio reminds residents to register for its emergency notification system, called Alert SA, launched in August 2012. It allows emergency management officials to send emergency notifications to citizens during imminent threat to life safety via their mobile devices. People can self-register their mobile devices at AlertSA.com.
The system notifies subscribers at potential risk with information on the event and/or actions, such as evacuation, that the City and local public safety officials are asking them to take. Messages are sent to all standard voice and text communication devices that are registered. The system only alerts residents in the specific geographic area in which the emergency is taking place, making it especially useful for issuing evacuations.
Previously, the City’s emergency notification system only used landline phone numbers, but will now allow for additional ways of contacting users, such as cell phone, home phone, work phone, text message and e-mail.