Politics
11:16 am
Wed January 30, 2013

City Reminds Residents to Sign-up for Code Red Emergency Alert System

Mayor Greg Fischer says the severe weather that struck Louisville this week should serve as a reminder for citizens to sign up for the city's emergency alert system.

The Code Red alerts use text messages, e-mails and phone calls to warn residents about potentially life-threatening events, including severe weather.

Code Red was established two years ago in the aftermath of a chemical explosion in the Rubbertown neighborhood. Over 239,000 individuals are already registered, but the mayor hopes more citizens will sign up.

"The Code Red system is easy to use and gets information to people quickly so they can protect themselves and their families," Fischer said in a news release. "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."

Those who wish to sign up for Code Red alerts should go to the city’s website www.louisvilleky.gov and search "code red." Residents can also choose which types of alerts and which delivery methods they wish to receive.

During last night’s severe weather, Fischer's office says that the Code Red system sent out more than 32,000 calls, texts and e-mails to Louisville residents.

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