Local leaders are trying to give people as much warning as possible when floods, fires, or other disasters strike in their area.
The county office of emergency services collaborated with several other agencies to launch a Citizen Alert system in November. It sends information via text, call, email, or even fax. But residents have to sign up for the service online.
Signing up is simple, just go to the Merced County website, click on the Citizen Alert notification signup button, and then enter your information, along with how you want to be contacted.
You can choose up to five locations, including your home, your workplace, and your children's school.