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Metro Newsroom

Storms a Reminder to Sign Up for Emergency Alerts

Wednesday January 30, 2013

Citizens can get weather alerts via text, phone call, email

Wednesday’s severe weather is a wake-up call for citizens to make sure and sign up for Louisville’s citywide emergency alert system – Code Red.

The system uses a variety of methods — text alerts, emails and phone calls — to warn citizens about potentially life-threatening events, including severe weather.

“The Code Red system is easy to use and gets information to people quickly so they can protect themselves and their families,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “During last night’s storms, if you were asleep or weren’t listening to television or radio, you would have received a phone call or text message from Code Red with the latest warnings.”

Citizens who wish to sign up for Code Red alert should go to the city’s website and search “code red” or click here. People can choose which types of alerts and which delivery methods they wish to receive. Fischer encouraged citizens to especially sign up for text alerts since they are quick and citizens generally always have their cell phones with them.

In addition to severe weather warnings, citizens can choose to receive alerts about other threats such as chemical spills. The Code Red system is designed to alert only those residents in potential danger from severe weather or other emergency.

Currently, more than 239,000 individuals are registered with Code Red. However, many citizens were added to the Code Red system automatically and are only registered for general alerts for threats such as chemical spills. Individuals must sign up specifically to receive severe weather alerts.

During last night’s severe weather, the Code Red system sent more than 32,000 calls, texts and emails to Louisville residents.