Tuesday, April 4, 2017

If You Don't Have It - Get It: CodeRED Weather Warning App.

In November of 2015, Winston County began using the CodeRED Weather Warning Service.  CodeRED Weather Warning is an opt-in only weather warning product that taps into the National Weather Service’s Storm Based Warnings. CodeRED Weather Warning automatically alerts affected citizens in the path of severe weather just moments after a warning has been issued. Calls are delivered so quickly they often arrive prior to any other public notifications, usually before television or weather radio broadcasts are aired, which provides Winston County extra time to prepare. Based on the National Weather Service’s polygon methodology, only citizens in the path of projected weather are contacted.

Local citizens have been able to enroll in the system since November 2015 and many have done so, but there are many others who have not yet taken advantage of this free service. When residents enroll to receive CodeRED Weather Warning notifications, they can select the types of alerts they would like to receive, that include severe thunderstorm warnings, tornado warnings and flash flood warnings.

Alerts can come to your cell phone, home phone (landline), as a text message or as an email or all of the above. 

Subscribers can easily identify calls coming through the systems. Message recipient’s Caller ID will
read Emergency Communications Network or 866-419-5000 for CodeRED calls. And for CodeRED Weather Warning calls, either Emergency Communications Network or the number 800-566-9780 will appear on Caller ID displays. It is encouraged that both telephone numbers are saved in citizen’s contacts on their cell phones for easy recognition.

Most relevant for our citizens, says Buddy King,Winston County EMA Director, “Residents can simply dial the number displayed on their Caller ID to hear the last message delivered. This will greatly reduce the number of inbound inquiries handled by our office so we can focus emergency matters."

The CodeRED system provides Winston County officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire county. If you are not sure that you are included in the database, simply log onto a number of websites listed below and follow the link to the "CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment" page. It is recommended that all businesses register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year, and those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number.

The CodeRED link can be found on the following websites:

Direct Link - Click Here

CodeRed Phone Ap - Click Here