Emergency alerts and notifications will continue for another year through the CodeRED alert system in Tama County.
The decision to continue to offer CodeRED was made at the Jan. 8 County Emergency Management Agency Board meeting in Traer.
All cities and rural areas except within the City of Tama are covered by the system.
When activated the CodeRED system calls all who are registered on their telephone or cell phone to inform them of an event.
Each city (except Tama) and the county is billed at the rate of 50 cents per person based upon population annually to cover the cost of the service.
CodeRED can be used to issue information about weather conditions, traffic problems, evacuations, lock-downs, abductions, and down power lines to list some of the uses for the system according to the Tama County Emergency Management website.
Chronicle ? It Out:
To sign up for CODERED alerts:
Tama Co. website
www.tamacounty.org -Click on the Emergency Management or Sheriff
tab at top and follow the CODE?RED?instructions.
The system can be programmed to localize the alerts to specific areas.
The Tama City Council has opted not to participate in the system maintaining enough other methods to alert residents already exist.