Tyler Emergency System: Residents encouraged to register with Code Red

Published on Saturday, 14 June 2014 00:34 - Written by From Staff Reports

Residents are encouraged to register their home and cellphone numbers on Tyler’s Code Red System, the city announced.

Emergency management officials use the system to notify residents of emergency situations, such as amber alerts, critical missing persons, gas leaks and extreme weather emergencies, according to a news release.

“The purpose of the Code Red system is to get information to our citizens as quickly as possible in an emergency situation,” Tyler Police Chief Gary Swindle said.

The system is able to notify targeted areas within Tyler, meaning alerts can go out to one section of the city without everyone being notified, the news release reads.

“If your home phone number is listed, it will already be registered with Code Red,” Swindle said. “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.”

There are outdoor warning sirens in Tyler, but residents may not always hear them from inside their home in the event of an emergency, according to the news release.

“The key word is outdoor,” Swindle said. “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 cellphone to alert you of emergencies.”

Aside from registering for Code Red notifications, weather alert radios are strongly recommended for all dwellings, businesses, schools, mobile homes and occupied trailers.

A link to the Code Red registration page is tinyurl.com /lrrat9n.

There also is a Code Red icon on the lower right hand side of the city of Tyler website, www.CityofTyler.org .