County launches CodeRED Weather Warning
Wood County recently upgraded their CodeRED system to include CodeRED Weather Warning to provide residents and businesses automated severe weather alerts. The opt-in service automatically notifies those registered of tornado, flash flood and severe thunderstorm warnings just minutes after an alert is issued by The National Weather Service.
Residents and businesses need to visit the Wood County’s CodeRED enrollment page at mywoodcounty.com. Enter a cell phone number and an email address, followed by the selection of the types of weather warnings to receive.
Tully Davidson, Wood County Fire Marshal and Emergency Management Coordinator, encourages all citizens to enroll to receive CodeRED Weather Warnings.
“The CodeRED system has provided Wood County with numerous benefits,” Davidson said. “We use it to keep our residents informed by issuing general and emergency related messages. Having CodeRED Weather Warning is an additional tool used to keep our citizens safe with precious extra time to prepare during severe weather,”
Wood County’s advanced new system is based on The National Weather Service polygon methodology, only contacting those citizens in the direct path of the projected weather.
“The system’s advanced technology will quickly notify residents of severe weather and eliminate false alarms. This is a valuable feature of CodeRED Weather Warning because those citizens who do receive an alert will be able to plan immediately,” said Davidson. “CodeRED Weather Warning will keep our community prepared if severe weather strikes, so it’s vital that residents enroll to receive alerts or to update their information in the database if they have recently moved or changed contact information.”
CBS Evening News, among other news outlets and other public safety agencies across the country have credited CodeRED Weather Warning notifications for potentially saving lives by delivering notifications well ahead of the storm to those impacted. The severe weather alert service comes as an enhancement to Wood County’s current CodeRED system, which informs citizens of time sensitive information that may impact their safety.