Wayne Johnson

Baldwin County Emergency Management Director Wayne Johnson talks recently with county commissioners about the county’s new RedCODE emergency notification system. Local residents already signed up for the new system will receive a telephone call about 2 p.m. today. Johnson wants to see as many residents signed up to the new emergency notification system as possible.

A new mass emergency notification system kicks off today in Milledgeville and Baldwin County.

It’s called CodeRED.

Residents, as well as businesses already signed up to receive emergency notifications, such as weather-related alerts, will receive a telephone call about 2 p.m. today (Tuesday) as a means of testing the new system, according to Baldwin County Emergency Management Director Wayne Johnson.

“This is a test from Baldwin County with an important message for all residents and businesses located in Milledgeville and Baldwin County,” Johnson said. “We have selected CodeRED weather warning, an automatic severe weather notification service to alert citizens in the path of such bad weather as severe thunderstorms, flash floods, tornadoes or tropical storms from hurricanes.”

Johnson said Tuesday’s notification is an all-call.

“We’re trying to accomplish two things,” Johnson said. “Everyone who was signed up under the previous system (Hyper Reach), we uploaded their information to this new system. What we’re encouraging people to do who are not yet signed up for the new system is to get signed up for it.”

Those who were signed up under the previous emergency notification system should have rolled over into the new one, but officials can never be sure until a test is conducted to see who is and who is not, Johnson explained.

For those interested in signing up for the new CodeRED system, visit www.baldwincountyga.com and click on the CodeRED logo, which is located at the bottom of the page, or text BaldwinAlerts to 99411 from a mobile phone, and enter contact information.

“During the signup, you can select which types of warnings you would like to receive,” Johnson said. “There is no direct charge to you for this service. Residents can simply dial the number displayed on their Caller ID to hear the last message delivered. This will greatly reduce the number of inbound inquiries handled by our office and will offer residents an immediate replay of the message.”

In addition to alerting residents and business people about the imminent danger of bad weather, local government officials also can respond more quickly to targeted areas.

For those who may not have internet service, Johnson said they should contact a relative or a friend and provide their personal information to them so that it is included in the new emergency database.

Those seeking additional information should call the Baldwin County EMA Office at 478-445-3406.

 Like the old emergency notification system, the new one was installed at a cost of about $10,000 with funding coming from the Baldwin County EMA budget.

CodeRED weather warning is an opt-in only weather warning product that taps into the National Weather Service’s Storm Based Warnings. CodeRED Weather Warning automatically alerts affected citizens in the path of severe weather just moments after a warning has been issued, Johnson pointed out.

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