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Troup, TX (KYTX) --The contract between the city of Troup and CodeRED is a done deal, and we're told the system will be tested within a couple weeks.

In the event of an emergency, you'll get a call or text message on your cell or phone.

"I think it's the greatest thing that's happened to us," Jim Carlyle, who has lived in Troup 80 years, said.

The 82-year-old served on the Smith County 911 board for decades. He says before, CodeRED was just something they couldn't afford.

"We're in a tornado belt, tornados have struck all around Troup. Notification of any rough weather would sure be beneficial," Carlyle said.

Vernita McCrary says the old system--a siren going off-- needed to be updated to a phone alert.

"People sleep with their phones. You hear that phone go off, and they already have it in their hand," McCrary said. 

CodeRED will not only notify people of events like tornados, but other emergencies.

"If we had a main break where we had to put a boil water notice out, we could notify customers within a certain geographic area," Mayor John Whitsell, of Troup, said. 

He explains who will issue these alerts.

"The system will be through the city. It's something that can be activated remotely," Whitsell said.

Tyler signed on with CodeRED in 2007, and issued 5 alerts last year.

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