The National Weather Service reports a tornado hit University City, Missouri, this morning around 5:30 as part of the first line of severe weather that is expected for the area today. Many Madison County residents have signed up for the Code Red early warning system that has been in use for almost two years in an effort to stay ahead of severe weather.
Godfrey was the first government agency around here to subscribe to then system, and Madison County followed suit a few months later. Deputy Director of the Madison County Emergency Management Agency, Mary Kate Malone, says more than 14,000 Madison County residents are signed up for Code Red.
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Code Red is free but voluntary, meaning the user must sign up through the company website if they want to be notified by either home landline phone or by cell phone. It allows any resident or business owner in the county to sign up for early warning messages. To sign up, call Madison County Emergency Management at 692-0537, or follow the link www.mymadisoncountyema.com