Code Red used to warn residents of bad weather

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN)- Early warning is key in an emergency weather situation.

One Miami Valley community is turning to technology to help keep residents in the know.

It’s called Code Red and the one-call system has been used by schools for years to notify students and parents of canceled classes.

Now, Huber Heights is using Code Red to alert community members of weather emergencies. Residents can sign up to receive alerts by email, texts, or phone calls.

“If it is coming to your household you will be notified by Code Red and the National Weather Service that that storm is heading directly to you,” said Chief Mark Ashworth. “Rather than just a random siren going off and you having to guess or find some other resource to get that information.”

Residents can log onto the city’s website, enter their home address and select how they would like to receive notifications.

Chief Ashworth said currently only about 30% of the city’s 14,000 residents are signed up for weather alerts.

At a yearly expense of $20,000 thousand, compared to $20,000 per siren, the Chief said Code Red is not only effective, it is cost effective too.

“Traditionally sirens were a good thing and in some areas, especially rural communities that don’t have cell service or don’t have the ability to connect through a smart phone. We’re fortunate in this area, very populated, very densely populated, and I believe this is a better option than a tornado siren,” he said.

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