Cameron County Introduces New System in Emergency Communications

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 9:22am

No other county has it. Officials say it's the first of its kind in South Texas.

"This gives us an opportunity, gives another venue to be able to communicate with our Cameron County residents in a way that allow them to make the necessary decisions."

In a press conference this morning, Cameron County Judge, Carlos Cascos, introduced the new technology in emergency communication. It is called “Reverse 911 Emergency Notification System.” This new system will notify those residents who register to the system about emergencies occurring in Cameron County, whether it's a natural or manmade disaster.

"You know bomb threats. It can be arson. It can be anything that you would think is going to impact someone's safety."

With hurricane season getting closer, authorities say this system will also be a great tool to inform the public on what's going on in their area.

"The hurricane warnings, flash flooding in your neighborhood, tornadoes that have been sighted in your neighborhood."

You won't have to call 9-1-1 to acquire information. Instead of you calling, an automated system will contact you and provide a brief message about an area emergency or a potential life threatening situation. This system is up and running but you must register in order to be informed.

"That one minute that you take to register may save your life or someone in your family or your neighbors."

"This brings to completion and fruition the now almost any way to communicate via landline or via cell phone."

Go to, click on the “reverse 911cell registration” link and follow the steps. It doesn't take long to register and this system may keep you and your loved ones safe.

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