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May 5, 2013

CodeRED service available for emergencies

Emergency Preparedness

GREENVILLE — The Greenville City Council’s decision to switch from using warning sirens at local parks to the CodeRED system was not only designed to implement a more effective emergency notification service, but also will mean a savings in costs.

The outdoor warning siren system has exceeded its useful life and is being eliminated. The outdoor warning siren at the SportsPark was recently upgraded and will remain in service and L-3 Communications owns and maintains three outdoor warning sirens at its Greenville facility.

Residents and businesses can choose to receive notifications through CodeRED, CodeRED Weather Warning, or both. CodeRED is launched by the City of Greenville and notifies citizens of emergencies such as missing children, hazards, and health and safety situations.

CodeRED Weather Warning is a component of the CodeRED system and notifications are launched by the National Weather Service.

Greenville Fire-Rescue Chief Doug Caison recommended residents sign up for both alert systems.

“Also take additional steps to ensure you are receiving a warning when severe weather is threatening,” Caison said. “Read the newspaper, watch the weather on television, monitor social media sites, purchase a weather radio, and being aware of your surroundings are some additional ways that you can stay on top of the weather and track any potential storms.”

Earlier this year, estimates indicated that replacing all of the city’s current sirens with brand new units could cost more than $150,000. Expanding the system citywide was estimated to cost more than three times that amount.

The CodeRED system costs the city $10,000 per year under the current contract and is a free service for those who register.

Those wanting more information about signing up for the CodeRED system can call the City Manager’s office at 903-457-3116.

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