Jackson Co. EMA encouraging residents to sign up for alert system

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SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) -- Jackson County EMA officials are encouraging residents to sign up for a County-wide alert system.

At a moment's notice you'll get alerted about a severe weather event, an evacuation, even about wanted suspects. It's called Code Red. Jackson County offers this service to all of its residents, but not everyone is signed up. "Right now, we've got over 53,000 residents in the county, 30,000 at this point are signed up," Jackson County EMA Deputy Director Felix Jackson says.

Jackson says the EMA is working to get those residents who aren't signed up in the system. The system pinpoints your address and only alerts you about events in the particular area. "You can enter as many phone numbers as you would like, text messaging, it's all capable, and anything that goes on within the county, you'll get a notification on it," Jackson says.

Jackson says the system is free, and you can tailor it to your own family's needs. You sign up online, but if you don't have a computer the EMA will do it for you, because they say this system is an important one to have access to during any kind of severe weather event or emergency. "Because the most important thing we have in this county is the residents, and that's what we want to do, is try to protect as many lives as we can in those type of situations," Jackson says.

To sign up for Code Red, follow this link. You can also call 256-574-9344, and an EMA official will do the process for you.