There is a news story out about how long it took for the City's Office of Emergency Management to send out an alert about the Walmart massacre. The shooter had already been in custody for almost an hour and the incident had happened 77 minutes earlier before the OEM put out an alert warning telling people to stay away from the area. The OEM isn't staffed 24/7 so the lag time happened because they had to get it staffed and sift through information that was already out there.

There are ways you can get alerts directly from law enforcement. Check out the twitter accounts for El Paso news organizations, school districts, and law enforcement agencies. Hopefully we won't ever have to endure a day like August 3 again, but if there is an emergency, you'll have the alerts as soon as they come out.

Here are a couple of things that might help you in an emergency situation. I didn't really think about them until after August 3. You might keep them in the back of your mind, but hopefully you'll never have to use them.

NEWS MEDIA
93.1 KISS FM - https://twitter.com/ksiielpaso
ABC 7 StormTrack - https://twitter.com/ABC7StormTRACK
NewsChannel 9 - https://twitter.com/NC9
KFOXWeatherTeam - https://twitter.com/KFOXWeatherTeam
El Paso Herald Post - https://twitter.com/epheraldpost
El Paso Times - https://twitter.com/elpasotimes
National Weather Service El Paso - https://twitter.com/NWSElPaso
The Weather Channel - https://twitter.com/weatherchannel

SCHOOL DISTRICTS
El Paso ISD - https://twitter.com/ELPASO_ISD
Ysleta ISD - https://twitter.com/YsletaISD
Socorro ISD - https://twitter.com/SocorroISD
Canutillo ISD - https://twitter.com/CanutilloISD
San Elizario ISD - https://twitter.com/SanElizarioISD
Clint ISD - https://twitter.com/ClintISD

LAW ENFORCEMENT and FIRE DEPARTMENT
El Paso Police Department - https://twitter.com/EPPOLICE
El Paso County Sheriff's Office - https://twitter.com/EPPOLICE
El Paso Fire Department - https://twitter.com/EPTXFire

UNIVERSITIES and COLLEGES
UTEP - https://twitter.com/utepnews
El Paso Community College - https://twitter.com/EPCCNews