The City of Austin is located in south central Texas and as of the 2022 U.S. Census Population Estimates, it is home to 974,447 people. Austin is the state capital of Texas, the Travis County seat, and home to the University of Texas at Austin, one of the largest public universities in the United States.





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The mission of the City of Austin Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) is to serve as the coordinating focal point for preparedness, response, recovery, and education in any emergency or disaster that disrupts the community.

Austin HSEM uses the CAPCOG Regional Notification System to notify residents about specific emergencies. Cell phone users must register at to receive the notification system’s messages by phone, email and text. For the most up-to-date information about City of Austin operations, monitor City social media on Twitter, @austintexasgov, or Facebook, Additionally, updates will be posted on the City’s website at and City disaster recovery information will be posted at Information also will be available on the City municipal television station (ATXN Channel 6) or by calling 3-1-1.

If you require emergency assistance, call 9-1-1. Do not post emergency requests or send emergency messages to County social media accounts.

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