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Rapid Emergency Notification System - Register Now
CodeRed Emergency Alert System
Tama County has instituted a new rapid emergency notification service called CodeRED®. The new system will distribute emergency messages via telephone to targeted areas or the entire county at a rate of 1,000 calls per minute. CodeRED® employs a one-of-a-kind Internet mapping capability for geographic targeting of calls, coupled with a high speed telephone calling system capable of delivering customized pre-recorded emergency messages directly to homes and businesses, live individuals and answering machines.
By registering, you’ll be added to the emergency call list.
This service can be used in case of fires, chemical spills, evacuations, lock downs, downed power lines, lost individuals, natural disasters, abductions, water system problems, bomb threats, or other emergencies. Calls can be geographically targeted for localized messaging. If widespread, the entire community could be called within 20 to 30 minutes. The system also reports who did not get a call so that they may be contacted by other means.
Tama County residents are welcome and encouraged to enter their contact information for home, business, and mobile phones so they may be contacted by the system in the event of an emergency. It is important for city residents and businesses customers to register, especially if they use unlisted numbers, cell phones, or VOIP. Those who do not register their address and phone number may not be notified with CodeRED in the case of an emergency. Registration is confidential, free, and easy.
Click here to register your contact information
Here are the most common questions about CodeRED:
I received a CodeRED call, does that mean I am in the CodeRED database?
Yes. If they would like to submit additional information, such as cell phone numbers, text and email information, they must visit your website and click on the Logo. CodeRED always de-duplicates by phone number, so if they are unsure if they are registered, they should just submit their information again. This will ensure they are in the database!
Why did CodeRED call me several times?
If there is no answer and they do not have an answering device, the number will be attempted up to 3 times.
It called me but no message played.
If they answer and do not say hello, CodeRED will not begin playing automatically. It is trying to determine if is has reached a live person or answering device. If they do not say anything, it will hang up and retry the number in the next pass of the non connected numbers.
Why did it leave only part of the message on my answering machine?
CodeRED will leave a message on an answering device. There are many different brands and types of capturing devices for leaving a message. Occasionally something about the answering device or the beep of the device causes the system to think it has reached a live person and begins playing the message. When the message is left, it only leaves part of the message. They can call back the 866-419-5000 and receive the entire message. This does not happen often. There is a chance that they may get a few of these.
Why does my phone ring once and hang up? It has called me twice and won’t let me answer it.
If they have a ring back tone, which plays a song instead of ringing, the system will interpret this as an Operator Intercept and hang up, only to retry the number. They have two options. They can remove the ring back tone or they can contact their cell phone provider and request that the phone number for the general database 855-969-4636 and for the emergency database 866-419-5000 and for CodeRED Weather Warning 800-366-9780 bypassed by this feature and have it ring normal.
Weather & Safety Links
The National Weather Service is offering two online courses which provide an introduction to storm spotting and serve as a refresher for more experienced spotters. These courses do NOT replace attending spotter training classes that are offered locally.
Click here to go to the course page.
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Remember- Turn around, don't drown
Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather related hazard. The main reason is people underestimate the force and power of water. More than half of all flood related deaths result from vehicles being swept downstream. Of these, many are preventable.
Q: What can I do to avoid getting caught is this situation?
Follow these safety rules:
* Monitor the NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards, or your favorite news source for vital weather related information.
* If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons, washes etc.
* Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Turn Around Don't Drown
* Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Turn Around Don't Drown(tm)
* Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
* Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
Americans live in the most severe weather-prone country on Earth. Each year, Americans cope with an average of 10,000 thunderstorms, 5,000 floods, 1,000 tornadoes, and an average of 2 landfalling deadly hurricanes. And this on top of winter storms, intense summer heat, high winds, wild fires and other deadly weather impacts. You can make sure your community is ready for the weather with the National Weather Service's StormReady(r) program.