The Madison County Board approved the use of the Code Red warning system in May, and has recently launched the service. It allows any resident or business owner in the county to sign up for early warning messages. The system would primarily be used for getting out emergency weather information, but could also be used for other public messages about floods or evacuations.
While quick to give credit to board member William Meyer of Hamel and Hamel Mayor Larry Bloemker, Board Chairman Alan Dunstan says the successful implementation of the system in the Village of Godfrey was also a big factor in going with Code Red.
Code Red is voluntary, and the user must sign up through the company website if they want to be notified by either home landline phone or by cell phone. The program will be activated in a few weeks, and residents will receive specific instructions as to how to sign up if they do not have access to a computer. To learn more, call Madison County Emergency Management at 692-0537, or follow the link: www.mymadisoncountyema.com