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Regional Notification System

More than 10,000 people across Central Texas have signed up with the Capital Area Council of Governments's newly updated Regional Notification System, a crucial public-safety tool launched with funding from the Homeland Security Grant Program and participating local governments. Learn about the RNS, formerly the "Emergency Notification System," and how to register and spread the word. 

Discover the RNS 

The regional notification system is a Web-based tool available to users throughout the CAPCOG region to alert response personnel or the public to emergency and nonemergency situations. It's an effective tool for notifying a relatively large number of people in a short period of time.

Messages may include content such as incident-specific information, recommended protective actions or response directives. They can be delivered to various devices that accept voice, email or SMS text content and to alpha or numeric pagers. The message sender identifies recipients, develops the message and determines which types of devices receive the message.

Because you care, spare 15 to prepare 

It's a cinch to get applicable RNS alerts by voice, email, SMS text, alpha pagers and numeric pagers for emergencies and nonemergencies near your home, business or other locations in Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis and Williamson counties.

Additionally, citizens may choose to receive automated warnings - tornado, severe thunderstorm or flash flood, for example - from the National Weather Service. 

Spare just 15 minutes to sign up today. Simply follow the registration instructions, and retain your username and password to update your account as needed.

> Get the instructions, and register today
> Update your contact information currently in the system

Participate in public outreach

More than 10,000 signups and counting! CAPCOG, the City of Austin and additional area partners have developed materials to help promote and increase public participation in the newly updated Regional Notification System. Share the RNS frequently asked questions sheet, and check back for additional resources coming soon.      

> Share the Regional Notification System frequently asked questions sheet
> Get the Spanish version of the RNS frequently asked questions document
> Call residents to action with sample newsletter, Twitter, Facebook and billing-insert posts  


> Contact Ed Schaefer, director of CAPCOG's Homeland Security Division