The city of Cedar Park’s regional notification system known as CPAlertMe — a member of the WarnCentralTexas Network — has changed its title to simply, Warn Central Texas.
Warn Central Texas is the regional notification system of the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG), of which Cedar Park is a member. CAPCOG is actively upgrading the system that powers WarnCentralTexas.org to bring residents emergency and public safety warnings they need to protect their properties, families and selves safe. As part of the upgrade, the city of Cedar Park and CAPCOG recommend that previously self-registered participants of CPAlertMe update their notification information by using the link inside an email sent through the new Everbridge system.
The city says that current self-registered Cedar Park participants of the CPAlertMes should have already received an email from Warn Central Texas using a firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org email address. Following the link inside the email will give those users access to a user account portal that lets them update multiple voice and text phone numbers as well as email addresses and physical addresses.
Users can also opt-in to receive particular national weather alerts, such as severe thunderstorm warnings, tornado warnings, and flash flood warnings.
After updating their notification information, the portal grants them access to make future updates and read active notifications in their area sent by their local governments.
WarnCentralTexas.org is a free public service provided by CAPCOG in conjunction with the region’s cities and counties for individuals living, working or visiting Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis and Williamson counties. Using this system, emergency responders can send hyper-local, targeted messages to people in specific neighborhoods or streets.
Local governments communicate primarily in English, and make every effort where possible to also send critical alerts in Spanish. The notification information is strictly used by local governments to send emergency warnings and opted-in messages.
Program documents state that if a resident receives multiple emails from the system requesting they update their information, it is extremely important they do so using the link in the email. Updating this information will ensure accurate notifications and emergency warnings for their current address and prevent users from receiving the same notification multiple times.
Residents who haven’t registered to receive emergency warnings in the past through CPAlertMe or Warn Central Texas should do so now by logging on to WarnCentralTexas.org.
Newer mobile phone models already receive federal notifications, such as Amber Alerts. However, WarnCentralTexas.org is a separate system and a critical tool for local first responders to reach the affected public during an emergency. All jurisdictions in the 10-county region can use the system to share critical emergency information events, such as: