Hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30 — have you signed up for CodeRed yet?
The City of Venice uses CodeRed to send emergency notifications by phone, email, text and social media to keep citizens informed of emergencies such as evacuation notices, utility outages, water main breaks, fire or floods, chemical spills, or other emergency situations. Many residents found the free service extremely useful before, during and after Hurricane Irma in September 2017, when multiple CodeReds were sent out.
The city also uses CodeRed Weather Warning, a unique service that automatically notifies citizens in the path of severe weather just moments after a warning has been issued by the National Weather Service.
The city may also activate CodeRed to send general notifications to registered subscribers to communicate non-life safety matters, such as planned road closures, water main repairs, and water and power service interruptions.
Registering for CodeRed is quick and easy: Sign up by clicking here. Select the second option, “NO, I would like to review and submit my information,” and fill in the fields. Then add the following numbers to your caller ID or contacts: 866-419-5000, Emergency Calls; 855-969-4636, General Calls; and 800-566-9780, Weather Warnings.
Things to know about CodeRed
CodeRed delivers notifications by phone calls to landlines and cell phones, emails, texts, social media, and/or mobile alerts. It is compatible with TDD/TTY devices for those with hearing impairments. Individuals and businesses may add as many phone numbers, emails and text numbers as desired. Residents and visitors alike can receive enhanced public safety alerts no matter where you are located via the CodeRed Mobile Alert app, a free public safety app for both iPhone and Android users. The CodeRed Mobile Alert app delivers community and emergency alerts to individuals targeted within an impacted geographical area so that you may also receive timely notifications when you’re on the road, or away from home.
If you are currently a CodeRed subscriber who has already registered your cell phone to receive notifications from the City of Venice, you will continue to receive calls. However, if you download the CodeRed Mobile Alert app from your device's app store, you will also receive alerts via your smartphone anywhere in the country, including Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Alaska.
For more information about the CodeRed service, or to sign up by phone, call 941-882-7401.