BOYLE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) — In the wake of deadly tornadoes that claimed more than 20 lives in Tennessee Monday night and early Tuesday, emergency management directors across the region are reminding residents to sign up for the CodeRED emergency warning system and take other steps to stay informed during severe weather.
“Most everyone is aware of the tornadoes that hit the Nashville area last night. Tornadoes at night are some of the most deadly, as folks are sleeping and don’t hear any types of warnings,” Boyle County Emergency Management Director Mike Wilder wrote on the Perryville Fire Department Facebook page.
“Please, if you have not already, sign up for CodeRED, a notification service offered free in Boyle County. Purchase a weather radio. There are a wide variety of apps available for your phone to warn you. Severe weather can and does happen year around. Please prepare yourself and your families now,” Wilder encouraged.
Emergency management agencies, fire and police departments, and other emergency responders can use the system to target broad areas or narrow groups with text messages, e-mails and phone alerts for everything from severe weather to missing persons and chemical spills.
People must sign up in advance to receive the warnings.
That’s why EMA directors are pushing voluntary participation. Check with your local EMA director for information about signing up.