Magoffin Co. gets CodeRED alert system

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

SALYERSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - An area hit hard by the March 2012 tornado outbreak is now working to improve folks' safety in similar situations.

Magoffin County officials signed up for an automated alert system.

The scars of an EF-3 tornado that struck Magoffin County March 2, 2012, are still visible, and county officials say rebuilding the county also means improving its safety.

"We were able to go door to door and be able to be very lucky. No one was killed and only a few injuries, but that's not exactly what we need to depend on in the future," said Judge Executive Charles "Doc" Hardin.

They chose a system called CodeRED that sends out an automated phone call to land lines or cell phones during any kind of emergency.

County officials say they may not be able to prevent any damage like what was left behind by the March 2012 tornado, but they say Magoffin County was lucky no lives were lost in that storm and they say with the CodeRED system they can help ensure that stays the case in future severe weather.

"Anytime you can give someone five minute, 10 minute, 15 minute notification ahead of time they can get to cover a lot quicker and prepare a little bit easier," said Emergency Management Director Mike Wilson.

Officials say they bought a three year service with CodeRED partially funded by a grant from the rotary club.

Anyone in Magoffin County who wants to sign up for the service can call the Magoffin County Judge Executive's Office.

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