The city of Fort Worth has implemented Fort Worth Texas Alerts, a new emergency alert system designed to keep residents and visitors of Fort Worth informed during any potential hazards. Many instances of these hazards focus on severe weather, including thunderstorms and possible tornadoes. Other potential hazards that North Texans face can be acts of terrorism, chemical spills or other manmade disasters.

According to a city press release, these alerts are issued by the city’s office of emergency management. When users register for the service, they can choose to receive alerts via voice, text or email and also choose to receive optional weather warnings issued by the National Weather Service.

The Fort Worth Texas Alerts system has replaced the prior service named Nixle. According to the press release, if users were using Nixle, they would need to reregister for Fort Worth Texas Alerts. It is a new system with added capabilities, so the data was not able to be transferred over.

Fort Worth Texas Alerts is a free service; however, standard message and data rates may apply, the city said.

According to the press release, information provided will be used for emergency purposes only. The city will not give or sell phone numbers or email addresses to any vendor or other organizations.