Boone County Emergency Management uses several different notification components to notify citizens of Boone County of emergency or disaster situations. The components consist of the following:
- NOAA Weather Radio
- CodeRed Weather Warning
- CodeRed Mass Notification System
- Outdoor Warning Sirens
- Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS)
NOAA Weather Radio
The fastest, most accurate and reliable means of receiving severe weather information is through a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Radio with a tone alert feature and battery backup. Weather radios may be purchased at local electronics stores.
NOAA Weather Radio is operated directly from the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, Ohio which provides coverage for Boone County. The weather radio tone alert is activated when weather watches and warnings are issued. Newer models are capable of warning you only if severe weather is expected to reach Boone County. This feature is called Specific Area Message Encoding (S.A.M.E.). Ask your local electronics retailer for help programming your weather radio before you leave the store.
(needed to program your S.A.M.E. NOAA Weather Radio)
CodeRed Weather Warning
Boone County provides a telephone based warning system for severe weather. CodeRED Weather Warning will alert Boone County residents, who have signed up for this free service, within seconds of any National Weather Service warning for tornado, severe thunderstorm or flash flood warnings. Due to the fact that the system is fully automated (based on information received from the National Weather Service) residents will receive a recorded message alerting them.
What CodeRED Weather Warning does: CodeRED Weather Warning is a severe weather early warning service that will call your phone and deliver a prerecorded alert message after a warning is issued for your area by the National Weather Service.
How CodeRED Weather Warning works: CodeRED Weather Warning utilizes state of the art satellite equipment to capture severe weather warnings within seconds after they are issued by local National Weather Service Office. CodeRED Weather Warning determines the nature of the warning* and the exact area(s) affected. If the National Weather Service has identified a severe weather* the CodeRED Weather Warning system creates a calling database of all CodeRED Weather Warning subscribers in the potential path of the storm.
*Severe warnings acted on by CodeRED Weather Warning include Tornado, Severe Thunderstorm, and Flash Flood warnings.
Signup to receive CodeRed Weather Warnings through our Community Enrollment Page - link to https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/BF21624CDC82
Your caller-id will display 800-566-9780 for these calls we suggest saving Code Red Weather Warning with this number as a contact in your phone.
CodeRed Mass Notification System
Boone County Emergency Management maintains the CodeRed Mass Notification System which integrates published telephone database information and mapping to allow for specific geographic area notification capability. In the event of a localized emergency, officials can select the affected area on a map of Boone County and automatically generate a call list. The CodeRed Mass Notification System then begins to contact each number on the call list.
Please note that the Code Red Mass Notification System database only includes published telephone numbers. Those with no land line or unpublished numbers will not be called unless your address and cell phone or unpublished number has been provided via our Community Notification Enrollment webpage: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/BF21624CDC82
For CodeRed emergency calls your caller-id will display 866-419-5000. We suggest saving “Code Red Emergency” with this number as a contact in your phone.
The CodeRed system can also be used to notify citizens of non-emergency events or provided general information. You will receive these general calls only if you opt in to receive them when you sign up for CodeRed on our Community Enrollment page.
For CodeRed general calls your caller-id will display 855-969-4636. We suggest saving “Code Red General” with this number as a contact in your phone.
OUTDOOR WARNING SIRENS
When Sirens Sound: Take Cover – Tune In – Take Action
The Outdoor Warning Sirens are intended to alert persons involved in outdoor activities that an emergency situation exists. The Outdoor Warning Sirens may be activated for any emergency situation requiring public warning.
Persons hearing the outdoor warning sirens should seek shelter, obtain additional information from local radio, television and NOAA Weather Radio and then take appropriate action for their safety.
During severe weather the Outdoor Warning Sirens are activated for Tornado Warnings issued by the National Weather Service or when a funnel cloud or tornado is observed by a public safety official.
To receive severe weather warnings when indoors we recommend all occupancies have a NOAA Weather Radio with Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME), tone alert and battery backup.
Remember: When Sirens Sound: Take Cover – Tune In – Take Action.
INTEGRATED PUBLIC ALERT AND WARNING SYSTEM (IPAWS)
During a significant emergency, officials need to provide the public with emergency information quickly. The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) is an integration of alert and warning infrastructure which can save time when time matters most, protecting life and property.
Boone County Emergency Management is an IPAWS alerting authority. IPAWS provides public safety officials with an effective way to alert and warn the public about serious emergencies using the Emergency Alert System (EAS), Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS), NOAA Weather Radio, and other public alerting systems from a single interface.
For more information on IPWAS go to: http://www.fema.gov/integrated-public-alert-warning-system