This month’s tip is a bit more generic than hardening a home; it applies to any citizen who wants to be notified of a regional emergency situation due to weather, wildfire, or other incident important to a broad population.
The Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) maintains a regional emergency notification system that enables public safety agencies in Travis and surrounding counties to share time-sensitive information with local residents. The system has been in operation since 2006, starting with landline phones, but upgraded several years ago to cell phones as well. Coming enhancements include the capacity to send messages by email, text, Twitter, and Facebook. There is no charge for this service.
To register your landline and cell phone: http://alertregistration.com/capcog/
For a description of the system and a link to frequently asked questions:http://www.capcog.org/divisions/homeland-security/ens/