Officials urge Cameron County residents to register for emergency alert program

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Are you prepared in case of an emergency? That’s the question that Cameron County officials are asking residents, and the answer could be as simple as getting an alert on your phone. (Source: KGBT Photo)

Are you prepared in case of an emergency? That’s the question that Cameron County officials are asking residents and the answer could be as simple as getting an alert on your phone. 

“If there’s some type of major emergency – you’re notified,” Jose Garcia of the Cameron County 9-1-1 District said. 

The city of Harlingen and Cameron County officials are pushing people to be prepared in case of any type of emergency. 

“What we’re concerned here for is their safety,” Garcia says.

An emergency preparedness class session was held on Thursday. One step in ensuring people have all the information they need, like emergency numbers and where to go if something major happens. 

“What to do in the event that something occurs, prepare, have a plan…,” Rogelio Rubio, the City of Harlingen Fire Chief, says. 

Part of that includes ‘Reverse 9-1-1,’ a program run by the county and available to anyone who lives there. 

“Reverse 911 is an emergency notification program that allows emergency responders to issue an alert and provide a mass messaging to the public,” Garcia says. 

It allows first responders across Cameron County to reach those who register a phone number, either a cell phone or a landline and was used during severe flooding in the area too. 

“The community would need to register for the program, it’s a free account – you register, you register your address, and let’s say there’s some type of chemical spill where we’re at here — fire department or police department could issue an alert,” Garcia says.

It lets residents know if something is going on around the address they link to their account. 

It’s all in hopes that they’ll stay informed and safe. 

The link to register for ‘Reverse 9-1-1’ can be found here: https://cameroncounty911.com/

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