Spring is upon us and that means warmer weather, flowers, festivals, and new beginnings. Unfortunately, it also means we will be faced with bouts of severe weather that can pose a risk to citizens of the county. Keeping citizens informed through early warnings and instructions is one of the most effective ways to help prevent and minimize potential injury and harm. Cleburne County residents have traditionally relied on television, commercial radio, and weather radios to help keep them apprised of current severe weather conditions. County Judge Jerry Holmes has been in the works to provide a new local option for residents with a program called CodeRED.
The CodeRED emergency communications network will provide targeted alerts for citizens in a specific geographical section of the county affected by any severe or emergency situation. Those participating in the service will receive a phone call on their landline and/or cell with a recorded message from the county giving them specific information about the alert and any instructions associated. “While this will primarily be used for weather alerts, we can also use it to inform citizens of any situation such as water main breaks, chemical spills, etc.”, said Holmes. The Sheriff’s Office can send out alerts for missing persons, Amber Alerts, and escapees. The technology will allow the county to send the calls only to those people in a specific locale that is affected.
According to Judge Holmes, they are hoping to have the system in place within the next few weeks. Once in place, citizens wishing to participate in the CodeRED program will have to sign up and provide contact information in order to receive the alerts. Information on how to sign up will be provided once the system has been installed and tested. For more information on CodeRED, you can contact the County Judge’s Office at 501-362-8141.