In light of recent events, I thought I’d post the places you can sign up for emergency notifications.
1. SMPD is currently using a third party service for some notifications that uses land-line (non-mobile) phone numbers from utility service providers like PG&E. Sgt. Decker at the SMPD says they will be phasing this out in the future but for now, make sure to update your numbers.
2. NIXLE — sign up here http://nixle.com/register/ or text your zip code to 888777 to sign up for alerts. Mosquito abatement notifications have been coming through NIXLE.
( NIXLE360 — not quite yet up and running, but soon the SMPD will be using this service for emergency notifications. Keep an eye out.)
3. SMCAlert — https://www.smcalert.info/register.php This is a San Mateo County system, and you can add multiple devices to get alerts by email, mobile phone, even Blackberry and pager devices. Recent notices have included the earthquake, a gas leak, and closures on 280.
4. Twitter, Instagram and Facebook — look for SanMateoPD.
Thanks again to Sgt. Decker at the SMPD, for being on quick to respond and help get this info out to the community.