San Mateo County is now boasting of an improved emergency alert and warning system that will allow those who live and work in San Mateo County to get messages via text, email and voice. The emergency notifications can now include maps and images, and come in multiple languages.

The new features of SMC Alert are meant to empower residents by providing key information to help keep them safe and navigate away from incidents like major traffic delays and detours, wildfires, floods and mountain lions. The added capabilities are due to a new vendor, RAVE, which replaces former provider Everbridge.

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