City of Paris Urges Citizens to sign up for CodeRED notifications
Chief of Police Bob Hundley, Jr. and the City of Paris urges the citizens of Paris to sign up for the CodeRED system, especially with the approach of severe weather season.
CodeRED is a system that can literally call thousands of phone numbers with a recorded message in a matter of minutes. The city of Paris subscribes to the service not only for official announcements and information, but also the CodeRED automatic severe weather warning service.
The automatic calling system is activated any time the National Weather Service places the city or a portion of the city in a severe weather warning incident. What this means to the citizen of Paris is that they receive timely information regarding a real threat without any human intervention. That information is delivered quickly to the telephone numbers in the database that comprises the city of Paris residents.
Residents can also sign up for notifications to cell, home or work phone numbers via a link on the city’s web page. Those that sign up also have choices that include receiving SMS text notifications or e-mails. It’s the citizen’s choice, but they do have to sign up. For our Paris citizens who do not have internet access, the Paris Public Library allows citizens to use their public computers to sign up for notifications.
The city also uses CodeRED to report street closures, water utility repair, traffic issues and other informational messages. The police department has used the service for locating missing persons, crime alerts and weather advisories.
The service is free to the citizens of Paris. Your contact information is safe, not shared with anyone and used only for notification purposes.
Please visit http://www.paristexas.gov/ and click on the banner “Sign up for Code Red Notifications”.
Currently we have a little over 10,000 phone numbers in the data base with 1,281 residents signed up for e-mail notification and 1,391 residents signed up to receive SMS text messages.
Severe weather can develop with a short amount of leave time. These automatic warnings along with preliminary information that storms are brewing can lead to citizens taking reasonable steps to protect themselves and their families.
Don’t forget the severe weather spotter training offered by the National Weather Service at Aiken Elementary School on January 27th from 7 to 9 PM.