Weather Warnings Available with CodeRED 09 Mar 17

GLENCOE, MN– McLeod County officials are urging residents to enroll to receive early weather warning alerts through CodeRED Weather Warning, a free service to all residents within McLeod County.

Severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and flash floods are all possible when a major weather event impacts McLeod County and CodeRED Weather Warning provides automated warnings for each immediately after an alert has been issued by the National Weather Service, making it an essential preparedness tool to stay safe.

Those who have already enrolled to receive CodeRED Weather Warnings but have recently moved or changed telephone numbers are encouraged to visit the McLeod County website and click on ‘CodeRED’ in the Quick Links on the right side of the page to update their contact information (click here to go to the website).

“We encourage our residents to be proactive and stay prepared for the upcoming severe weather season this year by signing up to receive these weather alerts. Our county has repeatedly relied on CodeRED Weather Warning to receive advance warning of severe storms,” Kevin Mathews, McLeod County Emergency Management Director said.

During enrollment, citizens may customize the types of alerts they would like to receive and how they would like to receive them. Because the CodeRED Weather Warning system is so advanced, often delivering warnings before they are broadcast on local media outlets, only those citizens within the direct path of the storm will be contacted. Residents are encouraged to save the telephone number 800-566-9780 in their telephone’s contacts to easily identify when a CodeRED Weather Warning is being delivered.

Those without Internet access may call McLeod County Emergency Management at (320) 864-1339 Monday – Friday (days) to subscribe to receive CodeRED Weather Warnings by supplying their information over the phone.

“It is our main priority to keep our residents safe. The best way to do that is to get them better prepared and one of those ways is to be informed using the CodeRED Weather Warning system” Mathews said.