Baltimore County residents can now sign up to receive emergency alerts from the county on their cell phones and through email, officials announced Monday.

The county's emergency notification system provides information in emergency situations, such as severe weather, incidents involving hazardous materials, and utility outage notifications.

The system, which has been operating since 2007, previously allowed the county to send alerts only to residents with Verizon or Comcast land lines. Now, residents can with any carrier — including wireless — can sign up for recorded or email emergency notifications, county officials said.

"With our increasingly mobile society, I encourage all county residents to consider registering their cell phones with us so they can get emergency alerts whether they are at home or not," County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said in a statement.

Residents can register online at baltimorecountymd.gov/emergency. Information from the county's office of homeland security and emergency management and fire department on is also available on Twitter, @BACOemergency.

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