The City of Athens Announces Rave Alert to Keep Community Informed During Emergency Situations


The City of Athens Announces Rave Alert to Keep Community Informed During Emergency Situations

ATHENS, TEXAS; February 10, 2020– Public safety officials in Athens, Texas are excited to announce that Rave Alert is now available to all residents.  Rave Alert is a free service that allows individuals to sign up for notifications sent from state and local authorities. Rave Alert keeps residents and travelers informed on potentially hazardous situations involving weather, traffic and other emergencies.

“Rave Alert enables authorities to notify the community in real time,” said Russell Marshall, Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator.  “This service allows for critical communication with the public and provides individuals with the information needed to stay safe or take precautions during hazardous or emergency situations.”

Rave Alert enables residents and travelers in Athens, to sign up for free at to receive timely and actionable emergency alerts via email, text or voice message. They can also identify when and how they are alerted and communicated with before, during, and after emergencies.

Athens, Texas residents and travelers can also download the Smart911 app to sign up for Rave Alert to receive key information needed in an emergency. The Smart911 app provides enhanced functionality by sending targeted alerts based on the user’s location. Smart911 app users will receive the highest priority National Weather Service alerts including tornado warnings, flash flood warnings, and severe thunderstorm warnings based on their real-time location. Download the Smart911 App on the Apple Store or Google Play or by texting “Smart911” to 67283.

“Community members will receive notifications that will improve safety in our city and help inform residents of potentially lifesaving actions they may need to take in an emergency,” said Chief Marshall. “The information sent out by Rave Alert through emergency notifications allows both residents and first responders to be better informed in an emergency situation.”

When authorities have information about a situation, such as storm or emergency, they can be more effective in providing information to the public and appropriate assistance. We encourage all members of our community and their families’ sign up for Rave Alert in order to be prepared should an emergency occur.”

Rave Alert is trusted by thousands of institutions including state and local authorities, business and educational institution. Rave Alert sends millions of messages daily and performs flawlessly in critical situations such as severe weather. 

Community members are encouraged to sign up for Rave Alert and input their information and notification preferences today at or in the Smart911 app.