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Saline County to test new weather alert system

aline County will be utilizing the CodeRED Emergency Notification System on July 17, 2012 to call the entire community to announce and promote the CodeRED Weather Warning system, an automated severe weather alerting service.
BENTON, AR - Saline County will be utilizing the CodeRED Emergency Notification System on July 17, 2012 to call the entire community to announce and promote the CodeRED Weather Warning system, an automated severe weather alerting service.

The calls will be in the morning and will continue until the entire database has been attempted.

The message that is being delivered directs recipients to the Saline County web site to opt in to the system and select the types of warnings they are interested in receiving. Citizens must add their information to receive the severe weather warning calls; this data will also populate the CodeRED database.

The call will also ask everyone to share this information with their families, friends and neighbors.

Lanny Fite, the County Judge, recommends that everyone opt in to the CodeRED Weather Warning system. He also suggests that “all individuals and businesses should take the time to visit our website and add contact information to include cellular phones and other non-traditional phones as well as email and text addresses (for use by the CodeRED system). If your contact information is not in the database you will not receive a call.”

In particular businesses should register, as well as individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number recently and those who use a cellular phone exclusively or have VoIP phones (such as Vonage) as their primary numbers.

Fite urges citizens to log onto the Saline County website and follow the CodeRED link on the right side of the page. Those without Internet access may visit any public library to access the internet. Required information includes a street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes) for location purposes and a primary phone number. Additional phone numbers, email and text addresses may also be entered.

More information about the CodeRED Weather Warning system is on the website, any questions should be directed to Saline County Office of Emergency Management at 501-303-5649.  There is no cost to Saline County residents to register for this service.
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