EDWARDSVILLE — Recent extreme weather events increase the vulnerability of Madison County residents, highlighting the need to be prepared and receive as much advance warning as possible before severe weather occurs.
Madison County Chairman Alan J. Dunstan said now is the time for residents to sign up for the county’s emergency notification system, CodeRED.
“In emergency situations, it becomes even more necessary for residents to be informed and receive as much advance notice as possible,” Dunstan said. “In Madison County, we have CodeRED, an excellent weather and emergency notification system where every resident with a landline or registered cellphone can receive emergency messages regarding weather emergencies, evacuation notices, hazardous material incidents chemical spills and missing child alerts.”
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 once were 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.
Dunstan said in spring and early summer, when storms are more frequent and severe, it is important emergency personnel be able to reach out to residents.
“I urge every resident of Madison County who is not already registered to sign up for the free, potentially life-saving CodeRED program,” he said.
Residents can register by going to the Madison County Emergency Management Agency website, 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.
For information, contact the Madison County Emergency Management Agency at (618) 692-0537.