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People in San Francisco Encouraged to Register for New Year's Eve Text Alerts



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    Preparations are wrapping up in San Francisco as thousands of people descend on the city by the bay to celebrate the new year. Those celebrating in San Francisco can sign up for emergency alerts by texting NYESF to 888-777. Pete Suratos reports.

    (Published Monday, Dec. 31, 2018)

    San Francisco's Department of Emergency Management is encouraging residents and visitors to sign up for text alerts to stay informed in case of an emergency on New Year's Eve.

    "Signing up for emergency text alerts from AlertSF is one of the simplest things to stay informed and safe during an emergency on New Year's Eve," said Mary Ellen Carroll, the SFDEM executive director.

    People can text the phrase NYESF to 888-777 to receive emergency text message alerts related to New Year's Eve events in San Francisco. New Year's Eve celebrants can also visit

    AlertSF sends alerts and instructions following a natural disaster, police, fire or health emergencies, or during significant transportation problems.

    The system has more than 110,000 subscribers, or 30 percent of San Francisco households, according to the agency.

    For special events like New Year's Eve, a special registration code is established. In the past year, Bay to Breakers, Pride and Fleet Week have all received a special AlertSF registration code.

    The city will have additional resources available on New Year's Eve, including extra staffing by police, firefighters, ambulance crews, sheriff's deputies and dispatchers. San Francisco's Emergency Operations

    Center will be active to support first responders, coordinate city resources, and provide public information.

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