Tunica County recently upgraded their CodeRED System to include CodeRED Weather Warning to provide residents and businesses automated sever weather alerts. The opt-in service will automatically notify those registered of tornado, flash flood and severe thunderstorm warnings just minutes after an alert is issued by The National Weather Service (NWS).
To receive severe weather warnings, residents and businesses must first visit the Tunica County Emergency Management CodeRED enrollment page at www.tunicamssheriff.com. It is encouraged to enter both a cell phone number and email address, followed by the selection of the types of weather warning to receive.
Randy Stewart, Emergency Management Director, encourages all citizens to enroll to receive CodeRED Weather Warnings. “The CodeRED system has provided Tunica County with numerous benefits; we use it to keep our residents informed by issuing general and emergency related messages. Now having CodeRED Weather Warnings is an additional tool used to keep our citizens safe with precious extra time to prepare during severe weather, “Stewart said.
The Tunica County’s advanced new system is based on the National Weather Service polygon methodology, only contacting those citizens in the direct path of the projected weather.
“The system’s advanced technology will quickly notify residents of severe weather and eliminate false alarms. This is a valuable feature of CodeRED Weather Warning because those citizens’ who do receive an alert will be able to plan immediately,” Stewart said. “CodeRED Weather Warning will keep our community prepared in severe weather strikes, so it’s vital that residents enroll to receive alerts or to update their information in the database if they have recently moved or changed contact information.
CBS Evening News, among other news outlets and other public safety agencies across the country have credited CodeRED Weather Warning notifications for potentially saving lives by delivering notification well ahead of the storm to those impacted. The severe weather alert services comes as an enhancement to the Tunica County current CodeRED system, which informs citizens of time sensitive information that may impact their safety.