Redwood City and San Carlos Community Members Encouraged to Sign Up for Emergency Alerts Through SMCAlert
October 31, 2017
Attention: Community Members
RE: COMMUNITY MEMBERS ENCOURAGED TO SIGN UP FOR EMERGENCY ALERTS THROUGH SMCALERT
With the recent wildfires occurring in the North Bay, it is an opportune time to encourage all San Mateo County residents, especially those in Redwood City and the City of San Carlos, to become subscribers of the SMCAlert emergency notification system.
SMCAlert is an alert notification system used to immediately contact community members during urgent or emergency situations. Subscribers may select among multiple options for receiving emergency and non-emergency text and voice messages including email accounts, cell phones, smartphones, tablets, and voice messages to landline phones.
SMCAlert is free, though wireless carriers may charge a fee for alerts sent to wireless devices. SMCAlert is available in all cities and towns in San Mateo County. There are two ways to sign up for the service:
- visit the registration webpage at www.smcalert.info, or
- text your five-digit zip code to 888777
For over a decade, San Mateo County, its cities and its public safety agencies have used SMCAlert to keep residents and visitors safe and avoid hazards from natural disasters to significant traffic events. Nearly 60,000 people are currently enrolled in SMCAlert, and over 500 emergency messages have been sent within the last 12 months.