Weather warning system available in Harrisburg

Monday, January 16, 2012

The city of Harrisburg has partnered with CodeRED Weather Warning service. CodeRED Weather Warning is an opt-in only weather warning product that taps into the National Weather Service's storm based warnings. CodeRED Weather Warning automatically alerts affected citizens by phone in the path of severe weather just moments after a warning has been issued.

Those who are signed up for this service will get a call when a thunderstorm warning, tornado warning or flash flood warning is issued for this area. Message recipients' caller ID will read either Emergency Communications Network or the number 800-566-9780. If residents miss the warning call, they can simply dial the number displayed on their caller ID to hear the last message delivered. This will offer residents an immediate replay of the message.

"Since Harrisburg does not have sirens, we have been searching for a solution," said Mayor Randy Mills. "This is a product that will benefit even those outside the city limits who would never hear a siren. We are excited to offer this service at no charge to the citizens. We think this is a valuable and necessary service for our community."

Those who wish to sign up for the service may simply visit the Harrisburg Area Chamber of Commerce website at www.harrisburgchamber.com and follow the link to the "CodeRED Weather Warning" page. It is recommended that all businesses register, as well as all individuals. Those without Internet access may stop by City Hall or call the Chamber office at 870-578-4104 Monday through Friday, (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.) to supply their information.

Emergency Communications Network Inc. (ECN) provides affordable high-speed notification solutions capable of reaching millions of citizens in minutes. ECN's sophisticated network supports a web-based product suite featuring CodeRED, which enables local government officials to communicate time-sensitive, personalized messages via voice, email and text messaging.

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