It’s that time of year again! The leaf is turning over, the baby in a diaper is pushing out the old man and the clock, and the one thing on everyone’s mind is…
Just me? Well, it *should* be on your mind too. You know why? Because things can happen anytime, anywhere, and it’s best to be prepared for them no matter what.
Take the weather, for example. As a transplant from the South, I was NOT prepared for the northern Illinois winter, or the epic rains y’all got right before fall turned frigid, and I was kinda clueless when it came to things like car accidents on Highway 20 or boil orders or road construction.
I would have liked to know about all of these things, and not in a sort of once-a-week, read-in-the-paper kind of way. I wish I’d known about them *while* they were happening, so I could know what roads to avoid, what water not to drink, and whether or not I was going to be snowed in for the weekend.
Thankfully there IS a way to get real-time updates about disasters and unfortunate occurrences happening in the Stockton area. Better yet, it’s completely FREE.
You heard me. FREE.
See, Code Red is basically a service that the Village of Stockton purchased, that allows them to send out push notifications to everyone (who is registered) about important events. Say, for example, a water main bursts. The Village would be notified, and then they would use the Code Red Emergency Alert System to notify EVERYONE (who had signed up), that there was a broken water main.
People would know, routes would be avoided, finito!
Code Red isn’t just for people with Smartphones either. Code Red can send you a text, call your cell, and even give your home phone a ring. It then tells you what’s going on (be it a water main, heavy snow, or a flood), and voila. Done. There’s even Tone Delivery, for those of you who might have hearing impairments.
You can even sign up for a sort of severity screening. Say you want to know if a life-threatening flood is coming your way, but you really don’t care to get a call about some snow. That’s fine, you can select the “heaviness” of the calls you want to receive, (emergency only, general only, or both) and that way, you’ll only be contacted when YOU want to be contacted.
My university has a similar version of Code Red, and it came in handy at the end of last year. A freaking tornado touched down not too far from Macomb while I was on my way back from Chicago, and if not for those updates about the tornado’s path and severity, I might not have gotten off the train and headed home. Luckily, because I was informed of the twister’s progress, I was able to make it home without risk or damage to myself, all because of those alerts.
So yeah, it’s definitely useful.
Getting onto the Code Red System is hilariously easy too. Just click on this link:
And enter in the information and boom! You’re done. It doesn’t ask any invasive questions and you don’t have to spend hours filling out the form. Seriously, it takes less than five minutes.
Code Red gives any user peace of mind and the ability to know about disasters or inconveniences before they happen. It’s free, it’s awesome, and I highly suggest you give it a chance.
And of course, for more information about how the system works, you can also go here: http://www.villageofstockton.com/resources/code-red-alert-system.html
Catch ya later!