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Prestonsburg launches new 'Code Red' tool for public safety

PRESTONSBURG, Ky (WYMT) - The City of Prestonsburg has a new tool when it comes to public safety and officials say it will really help folks in their community during the event of an emergency.

The 'Code Red' system is a new alert system available to everyone living within the Prestonsburg city limits. The system can send out 1,000 calls simultaneously.

Chief of Police and Public Safety DIrector Mike Ormerod says, "Warnings automatically come out from the Code Red system as soon as the weather service issues those."

Officials say this allows folks who may not have a weather radio or access to local television to stay informed...like just a few weeks ago when flash flood warnings were issued.

Ormerod says, "The same time my weather radio kicked on I also got alerts from the Code Red system."

The program can also send out information in other emergency situations.

"If we had a local Amber Alert, we could put that info out...we can send out any information we deem necessary," explains Ormerod.

Prestonsburg FIre Chief Bobby Carpenter says, "Say we have a train derailment or a vehicle that overturned that is releasing a hazardous gas...we will go into the Code Red system and we will plot the coordinates of where the gas is moving."

Based on that officials can notify those who are impacted, "Every phone number that we have listed in that shaded area would receive the call with instructions of what to do," says Carpenter.

All preexisting landlines that are already listed in the Prestonsburg 911 database are automatically registered in the system.

If your landline is not in the database or you would like to register a mobile device to receive the alerts, visit the link below.

You can also sign up to receive text message or e-mail alerts.

Contact the Prestonsburg 9-1-1 Center with any questions.

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