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Take action, be prepared, with CodeRED emergency notification system

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 9:52 a.m. CDT

It is time to enroll to receive CodeRED emergency messages from Adair, Guthrie and Union counties during September’s National Preparedness Month. Emergency management officials will send out CodeRED alerts related to any potential storm activity, evacuations and shelter locations.

Those who have already enrolled to receive CodeRED alerts, but have recently moved or changed telephone numbers, are encouraged to visit Adair and Guthrie county’s website at www.adaircountyiowa.org or Union County’s website www.unioncountyiowa to update their contact information.

“We need to be able to reach our communities in case of an emergency,” said Robert Kempf, Adair and Guthrie counties emergency management coordinator. “Be proactive and make sure we have your contact information in the CodeRED database so you can keep yourself, your family and your property protected in case of an emergency or disaster situation.”

During enrollment, citizens may customize if they would also like to receive general alerts in addition to emergency alerts and how they would like to receive them.

Citizens are encouraged to save the telephone number 866-419-5000 in their telephone’s contacts to easily identify when a CodeRED emergency alert is being delivered.

Residents without Internet access may call Adair and Guthrie Emergency Management at 641-332-3030 or Union County Emergency Management at 641-782-1622 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday) to subscribe by supplying their information over the phone.

“Sometimes it takes a nationally-recognized campaign like National Preparedness Month to get the word out about CodeRED,” said Jo Duckworth, Union County Emergency Management coordinator. “Our number one priority is to keep our citizens safe. The only way to do that is to get them better prepared, and the best way to be prepared is to be informed using the CodeRED system.”

Notifications are provided at no cost to all residents.

The system in Adair and Guthrie counties is paid for by the following sponsors Adair County EMA, Guthrie County EMA and Farmers National Bank of Fontanelle and Greenfield. If your business or organization would like to help sponsor the system, contact the emergency management office.

Citizens are also encouraged to download the CodeRED mobile alert app to receive free location-specific emergency, general and missing person notifications sent by public safety officials as they travel to other CodeRED communities that represent all 50 states and Canada. Visit iTunes or Google Play to download the app.

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