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CodeRED: Wise County offers weather alerts

April 28th, 2014 11:22 am by Stephen Igo

CodeRED: Wise County offers weather alerts

WISE -- With a potentially severe storm front approaching the region, Wise County's timing couldn't have been better to announce a new automated severe weather warning system in place for residents.

On Monday the county announced the severe weather alert system to be delivered by three mediums including landline or cell phones, text messages or emails, or a combination of all three.

Called the CodeRED Weather Warning system, the system is a fully automated weather warning technology to deliver phone calls, text messages and/or emails to registered residents and businesses within the direct path of severe weather.

According to Jessica Swinney, Wise County's emergency management coordinator, CodeRED will serve as the backbone of the county's emergency planning and communications outreach to residents and Wise County emergency response personnel to automatically deliver critical weather alerts to those within the projected path of a tornado, severe thunderstorm or flash flood.

First released in 2007, CodeRED uses advance polygon methodology and proprietary message delivery to ensure all notifications are delivered to those within the direct path of the storm.

To register into the system, all residents must do is visit the county website, www.wisecounty.org and click on the CodeRED logo to enroll to receive weather warnings. The enrollment page also gives residents the opportunity to select which types of severe weather warnings they would like to receive.

Only warnings that may impact the exact address of residents will be notified because of advanced technology employed to reduce false alarms.

Residents who do not have internet access may call 276-328-7110 to sign up over the phone. Residents will also be receiving a signup form in forthcoming real estate tax tickets. Those forms can be filled out and turned in along with the tax payment.

Also, an automated message from Wise County Sheriff Ronnie Oakes will be sent to each landline phone in the county urging residents to sign up for the free service.

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