SARASOTA COUNTY – The tornado warning Monday evening in south Sarasota County left many people worried but also wanting more info. The National Weather Service can only do so much and that’s where the county’s CodeRED system stepped up.
“CodeRED provides a variety of ways for us to get information to our residents in a time of need. In this case, a weather alert,” says Sarasota County Director of Emergency Services Rich Collins.
It doesn’t just notify registered citizens of bad weather though.
“Missing person alerts, traffic detours, for evacuations, for water and sewer service outages, road closures, just for a numerous amount of events in the community,” says Sarasota County Code Enforcement Agent Paula Parsons Grubb.
Signing up for the alerts takes less than five minutes.
“You can go to the county homepage. At the bottom of the homepage is a link for CodeRED registration. When you select that you enter in your contact information,” says Parsons Grubb.
You can also select how you want to receive alerts.
“It utilizes sending out messages to telephones, TTY/TDT machines, to e–mail addresses, text and cell phone,” says Parsons Grubb.
There are over 700,000 contacts within the CodeRED system. Sarasota County is urging residents, and you can use last night as the perfect example, to sign–up for the alerts. It’s free, it’s simple and it may just save a life.
“It a life saver and the more information you have in the situation of an emergency the better off we are to safeguard our property, our families, our own lives,” says Parsons Grubb.