LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There is a new safety feature for the Kentucky Derby Festival this year.

The city’s 911 center can send out text alerts specifically for Derby-related events to anyone signed up. To sign up, text the word "Derby" to the number 67283. You’ll receive a message saying you have successfully signed up for Derby alerts.

“We’re going to start this Saturday with Thunder Over Louisville,” said Jody Duncan, a spokesperson for Louisville Metro EMS. “People who live here and are visitors can sign up.”

Leaders reassure these texts will not be blasted out for minor reasons. Alerts would only be sent for true emergencies.

“If we had a hazardous material for some reason in that area, then that would be something," Duncan said. "If, in fact, there were some sort of active shooter situation. If there was any severe weather emergency.”

To stop the Derby alerts, you have to text "STOP Derby" to the same number: 67283.

It’s part of the Louisville Emergency Notification System, also known as LENSAlert. If you are already one of the more than 40,000 people signed up for LENSAlert, you do not need to text "Derby" to sign up for Derby alerts. You have the other option of logging into your existing account online and clicking the “Derby Alerts” option in your preferences.

Indiana has its own version of these text alerts, specifically for Thunder Over Louisville. Text "INThunder" to the number 888-777 to receive alerts.

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