EDWARDSVILLE — Recent floods, straight-line winds and other extreme weather events highlight the need to receive as much advance warning as possible before bad weather occurs.
Madison County Chairman Alan J. Dunstan said area residents can sign up for Madison County’s free emergency notification system, CodeRED. Residents with a landline or registered cell phone can receive emergency messages regarding weather emergencies, evacuation notices, hazardous material incidents chemical spills and missing child alerts, he said.
CodeRED allows for localized and customizable weather warnings to be delivered to targeted areas based on the address of the registered resident. Residents will only receive warnings if their registered address is in the path of the storm.
Dunstan said the CodeRED system creates access to emergency notifications in areas that were once unreached and creates a more localized weather notification for every resident.
“The CodeRED system allows the Madison County Emergency Management Agency to send emergency notifications to the entire county in specifically targeted weather emergencies,” he said.
Residents can register for the program by going to the Madison County Emergency Management Agency website, www.mymadisoncountyema.org, and clicking on the link to CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment. Residents and businesses can also enroll via telephone by calling the Emergency Management Agency at (618) 692-0537 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
— From the Illinois Business Journal