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CodeRED Weather Warning
Johnson County and the City of Paintsville will be utilizing the CodeRED Emergency Notification System on September 27, 2013 to call the entire community to announce and promote the CodeRED Weather Warning system, an automated severe weather alerting service.
The calls will be in the EVENING and will continue until the entire database has been attempted.
The message that is being delivered directs recipients to the Paintsville/Johnson County Emergency Management web site and the Paintsville/Johnson County Emergency Management Facebook page to opt into the system and select the types of warnings they are interested in receiving. Citizens must add their information to receive the severe weather warning calls; this data will also populate the CodeRED database.
Numerous citizens have been adding cell phone numbers and information during the past few months. This is an addition to our current system. Our current weather warnings have been initiated from our Paintsville/Johnson County 911 Dispatch Center. The new weather warning system will be initiated directly from the National Weather Service located in Jackson, KY and broadcast with the Code Red Weather Warning System. This will enable our citizens to receive the weather notifications in a timelier manner.
The call will also ask everyone to share this information with their families, friends and neighbors.
Gary McClure, the Paintsville/Johnson County Emergency Management Director, recommends that everyone opt in to the CodeRED Weather Warning system. He also suggests that “all individuals and businesses should take the time to visit our website and add contact information to include cellular phones and other non-traditional phones as well as email and text addresses (for use by the CodeRED system). If your contact information is not in the database you will not receive a call.” In particular businesses should register, as well as individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number recently and those who use a cellular phone exclusively or have VoIP phones as their primary numbers.
McClure urges citizens to log onto the Paintsville/Johnson County Emergency Management website at www.johnsonem.org and follow the CodeRED link IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PAGE. Those without internet access may call 606-789-2260 Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm. Required information includes a street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes) for location purposes and a primary phone number. Additional phone numbers, email and text addresses may also be entered.
More information about the CodeRED Weather Warning system is on the website, any questions should be directed to Paintsville/Johnson County Emergency Management at 606-789-2260.
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