March 1, 2019


AUSTIN - As an author of HB 34, State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is advocating for the creation and implementation of a statewide alert system to be utilized in the event of a disaster.

"In the incident of a catastrophe, Texans should be able to rely on their state government to communicate and assist in keeping them out of harms way, if at all possible," said Guillen. "Modern technology provides us with the capacity to do so in a manner that we did not previously possess and now’s the time for us to take advantage of such capabilities in order to keep our citizens safe.”             


The devastation left by Hurricane Harvey in 2017 shows us an example of a situation in which we could have benefited from having an alert system in place and is the motivation underlying the proposed legislation. HB 34 would allow for individuals to opt in through their preferred method from email, text message, social media or phone call, so that they may receive real-time notifications for the duration of the disaster. Not only would this ideally give them the chance to make an informed decision about their personal course of action, but would also deliver vital information on how and where resources may be at their disposal.

"Unfortunately, certain disasters simply cannot be avoided, and the consequences may inevitably be dire," Guillen remarked. “Though it may be out of our hands to stop it completely, the establishment of an alert system will help to keep more Texans safe and alive, which is all we can hope for in these tragic situations.”


Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and