The City of Austin is located in south central Texas and as of 2016 has an estimated population of 947,890. Austin is the state capital of Texas, seat of Travis County and home to the University of Texas at Austin, one of the largest public universities in the United States. Austin officially has the 11th largest population among U.S. cities as of 2013, up from 14th place in 2010.
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 WarnCentralTexas.org 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, facebook.com/austintexasgov. Additionally, updates will be posted on the City’s website at www.austintexas.gov and www.austintexas.gov/hsem. City disaster recovery information will be posted at www.austintexas.gov/help. Information also will be available on the City municipal television station (ATXN Channel 6) or by calling 3-1-1. Residents needing emergency assistance should call 911 and not post requests or send messages to City social media accounts.