Residents in the city of Jackson now have the ability to stay one step ahead of emergency situations. The city is rolling out a unique alert system that calls people when dangerous weather or other serious incidents occur.
Imagine being alerted of an incoming tornado, wherever you are, moments after a warning has been made. It's now possible for Jackson residents through an emergency notification system called Code Red.
Jackson city spokesman Chris Mims says, "When there's an emergency situation it can call thousands of people simultaneously, so it's a very quick program."
Code Red makes a database of those who enroll in the program, then calls them or sends a text message when things go bad.
"Boil water alerts or any kind of emergency situation we need to let the residents know about quickly, we also have an optional service called weather warning Code Red, where residents can sign up online to receive tornado warnings, severe thunderstorm warnings and flash flood warnings," says Mims.
Residents can sign up for the service free of charge on the city's web site. There's even the ability to limit your alerts to just severe weather warnings.
Mims says, "Cities across the nation use Code Red emergency notification and it's proven to be really reliable."
There's no limit to how many people can enroll for Code Red, a revolutionary program that could one day warn an entire city of danger, with just one call.
Visit the Jackson City web site below to sign up. No Internet? Call 3-1-1.
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