TYLER (KYTX)- The City of Tyler is encouraging residents to register their home and cell phone numbers on the City Code Red System.
Code Red is used by emergency management officials to notify residents of emergency situations. The system is used in a myriad of emergency situations, including amber alerts, critical missing persons, gas leaks and extreme weather emergencies.
"The purpose of the Code Red system is to get information to our citizens as quickly as possible in an emergency situation," said Tyler Police Chief Gary Swindle.
The direct link to the Code Red registration page is: https://cne.coderedweb.com/Default.aspx?groupid=21wKlSaog8sfkw7OHS29qQ%3d%3d.
Additionally, there is a Code Red icon on the lower right hand side of the City of Tyler web page at www.CityofTyler.org.
The system has the ability to notify targeted areas within the City, so alerts can go out to one section of Tyler without notifying everyone.
"If your home phone number is listed, it will already be registered with Code Red," explained Swindle. "However, if your home number is unlisted, or you have a cell phone, it is not automatically registered and you should go to the Code Red web page to ensure you receive emergency alerts."
The City does have outdoor warning sirens, however residents inside their home may not hear them in the event of an emergency.
"The keyword is outdoor," explained Police Chief Gary Swindle. "If you are inside your home, it is quite possible you may not hear the outdoor sirens – particularly if you have music playing, are watching TV, if the wind is blowing or there is heavy rainfall. The Code Red system will call your home or cell phone to alert you of emergencies."
In addition to registering for Code Red notifications, weather alert radios are strongly recommended for all dwellings, businesses, schools, mobile homes and occupied trailers.