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Stay ahead of an emergency with Pender County's "Code Red"

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"Code Red" is all about reaching people no matter where they are and includes more bells and whistles. "Code Red" is all about reaching people no matter where they are and includes more bells and whistles.

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Emergency officials in Pender County are going over what people need to know as the Cape Fear area heads deeper into hurricane season.

As it turns out, there's a new way for people in Pender County to get the emergency information they need, fast.

It's called "Code Red," and it's all about getting people the alerts they need so they have time to prepare for sticky or serious situations.

This might sound like an emergency notification alert system—their old way of sending alerts, where people in Pender would get a call to their house if there's a hurricane or evacuation warning. However, "Code Red" is all about reaching people no matter where they are and includes more bells and whistles.

If someone chooses to opt in to "Code Red," they will get all the information to their cell phone-- whether it be through email, text message or phone call.

Before, with the old emergency notification alert system, people would only get a land line call.

Director of Emergency Management, Tom Collins said that just isn't good enough in the way of keeping people safe, anymore.

He added that out of the estimated 55,000 people living in Pender, only 15,000 of them have land lines any more.

The new system will send out alerts from water boil advisories if there's a water line break, to tornado warnings and floods. There is a wide variety of alerts people can choose to opt in on with the new system.

To opt in, just go to the Pender County Emergency Management website www.penderem.com. Click on the icon on the left hand side of the page that says "Code Red" and just follow instructions. You will begin to get alerts immediately.

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