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Johnson Co. issues Code Red phone call during severe weather

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email
Officials in Johnson County say a warning system that alerts folks with a phone call might keep people safe during severe weather.

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Some areas of Johnson County were also hit by strong storms Tuesday night.

Officials there say a warning system that alerts folks with a phone call might have kept people safer.

Mountain News talked to one woman who says she plans to sign up for the calls after the her roof was damaged by the storms.

Lois Davis says she did not know what hit her.

"I was sitting in there on the couch watching TV, and I didn't expect that storm to come. Then I watched the wind start blowing, and I heard tin but it was on the roof," she said.

What she heard was part of her roof being blown away by winds from a severe thunderstorm.

"I was wondering if it wouldn't bust that window out. I didn't know if something would fly and hit it too," she said.

Davis was not one of nearly 8,000 people in Johnson County to receive this phone call alerting them of a Severe Thunderstorm Warning and what they should do to prepare.

It is an alert system called Code Red that calls land lines and cell phones.

Emergency management officials say they have a database with landline numbers, but people need to call and register their cell phones to get the warnings.

"Naturally this time of year and the tornado events that's the big focus," said Johnson County Emergency Management Director Gary McClure.

They say they hope it gives people a little extra time to prepare, especially after seeing recent devastation from oklahoma tornadoes and remembering what hit in their own back yard March of last year.

"Myself like others always felt like maybe it wasn't going to happen in the mountains, but it did and it can again," said McClure.

And Lois Davis says any warning is a good one.

Anyone wanting to register their cell phones to receive the alerts can contact the Johnson County Emergency Management Office.

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