The City of Longview’s mass emergency notification system is changing, and residents are encouraged to opt in to stay informed of severe weather and emergency situations impacting the area. As of Feb. 15, 2020, the City of Longview will begin using Smart911 by RAVE Mobile Safety, replacing the formerly used CodeRED system. The service is offered in partnership with the East Texas Council of Governments, which provides access to the system for many cities and counties throughout the region.
Account users may sign up for free to receive phone call, text, or email alerts. In addition, users have the option to provide supplementary information like medical conditions, pet information, house description, and more, which could be helpful to first responders during an emergency situation.
Users who previously had an account with CodeRED will need to create a new account through Smart911 if they wish to continue to receive local emergency notifications. The City of Longview will send notifications to existing users with information on how to sign up for the new system.
“This is a great tool for our community to have during emergency situations, and I strongly encourage everyone to take a few minutes to sign-up for our new emergency alert system,” Fire Chief J.P. Steelman said. “It’s very important for all existing subscribers to realize you must register with the new system if you wish to continue to receive our emergency alerts.”
The Longview Public Library will provide registration assistance for residents who may not have internet access or need help signing up for the new system.
Registration is available online at LongviewTexas.gov/Alerts. Registration is also available by downloading the Smart911 app for Apple and Android users and then opting-in for local alerts from the City of Longview.