(Harlan) The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency will conduct a County wide test of the Code Red Notification System at approximately 7:00 p.m., April 26.
“I want to remind citizens to sign up for Code Red Weather, which will deliver severe weather warnings to the home phones and cell phones,” stated Bob Sievert, Shelby County Emergency Management Coordinator.
He says this program was started three years ago and so far they have 1,700 out of 12,000 Shelby County residents hooked up to the system. “You can see we are well below the majority of our population using this service.”
This is one of the methods Shelby County Authorities will use when they need to inform the public of emergency action necessary to protect their property or to save their lives.
“Some of these could indicate a missing or abducted child or a hazardous chemical incident where people need to take immediate shelter to protect them,” said Sievert.
He says the early warning time this offers, may mean the difference in being able to get to a place of safety before the tornado hits. The weather notifications require you to sign up on line at shelbycoema.com, or if you don’t have access to the internet, the MA 911 dispatchers will assist you at 712-755-2124.
April 19, 2012