Town of Longboat Key launches CodeRED Weather Warning
Effective March 1, 2016 the Town of Longboat Key, Florida upgraded their CodeRED system to include CodeRED Weather Warning to provide residents and businesses automated severe weather alerts. The opt-in service will automatically notify those registered of tornado, flash flood and severe thunderstorm warnings just minutes after an alert is issued by The National Weather Service (NWS). Learn how the automated CodeRED Weather Warning system works.
To receive severe weather warnings, residents and businesses must first visit the Town of Longboat Key’s CodeRED enrollment page at www.longboatkey.org It is encouraged to enter both a cell phone number and e-mail address, followed by the selection of the types of weather warnings to receive.
Longboat Key Town Manager Dave Bullock encourages all citizens to enroll to receive CodeRED Weather Warnings. “The CodeRED system has provided the Town’s citizens with numerous benefits; we use it to keep our residents informed by issuing emergency related messages. Now having CodeRED Weather Warning is an additional tool used to keep our citizens safe with precious extra time to prepare during severe weather,” Bullock said.
The Town’s advanced new system is based on The National Weather Service polygon methodology, only contacting those citizens in the direct path of the projected weather.
“The system’s advanced technology will quickly notify residents of severe weather and eliminate false alarms. This is a valuable feature of CodeRED Weather Warning because those citizens who do receive an alert will be able to plan immediately,” Smith said. “CodeRED Weather Warning will keep our community prepared if severe weather strikes, so it’s vital that residents enroll to receive alerts or to update their information in the database if they have recently moved or changed contact information.”
CBS Evening News, among other news outlets and other public safety agencies across the country have credited CodeRED Weather Warning notifications for potentially saving lives by delivering notifications well ahead of the storm to those impacted. The severe weather alert service comes as an enhancement to the Town’s current CodeRED system, which informs citizens of time sensitive information that may impact their safety. View these stories and learn more about the CodeRED system.