Warning Systems

Emergency Alert System (EAS)

The Emergency Alert System (EAS) is a system that provides immediate communications and information to the general public at the national, state, or local level during periods of national emergency. The EAS may also be used by state and local governments to disseminate emergency information to the public in their area.

KWTX (97.5 FM) and WACO (99.9 FM) are the official EAS station for the Harker Heights area and can re-broadcast emergency messages transmitted by the City of Harker Heights.  EAS messages are also broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio.

Additional information about EAS can be seen at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) web page.

NOAA Radio

NOAA All-Hazards Radio (formerly called "Weather Alert Radios")

Weather Radios broadcast National Weather Service (NWS) warnings, watches, forecasts and other non-weather related hazard information 24 hours a day. During an emergency, NWS forecasters interrupt routine broadcasts and send a special tone activating local weather radios. Weather radios with the alert feature are equipped with a special alarm tone feature sound an alert to give you immediate information about a life-threatening situation. Most Weather Radios have back up battery power that will allow for operation even when power is lost. Batteries should be checked and changed as needed on a regular basis.

NOAA Weather Radio receivers can be purchased at many retail stores that sell electronic merchandise, including stand-alone electronic retail outlets, electronics departments within department stores, and some drug stores. NOAA Weather Radio receivers can also be purchased through some mail order catalogs.

In addition, NOAA Weather Radio receivers are often sold in boat and marine accessory businesses since they are popular in the marine community. These are just some of the places that NOAA Weather Radio receivers can be purchased. Be sure to purchase receivers with the alert feature incorporated into their design.

The NOAA Radio Transmitter for Bell County is a 1000 watt transmitter located in Waco, Texas.  It’s call sign is WXK35 and it transmits on a frequency of 162.475 (VHF).

Code Red

Code Red is an emergency warning tool used to make rapid emergency telephone notifications to residents and businesses in precise geographic areas. Code Red will be used by the City of Harker Heights emergency officials, during emergencies only, to deliver incident-specific information or potentially life-saving instruction to those in the affected area(s).

Code Red integrates mapping technology with phone databases, and will automatically call listed landline telephone numbers for residents and businesses.

Unlisted and Cellular phone numbers are not automatically included in the system database, nor are Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone systems. If you would like to receive these emergency telephone notifications on your cellular or VoIP phone, you must first register these phone numbers. You may register at the Self-Registration Portal by clicking on the button below.

All alerts are sent simultaneously via our time-tested Emergency Notification System to phones, cell phones, SMS text messaging devices, email, pagers and TTY/TTD devices.