By Greg Gullberg
June 05, 2013
Valdosta, GA - Disaster can strike at any time and it falls on all of us to be ready.
Lowndes County residents just may be able to avoid the unthinkable with the help of a program called "Code Red". It provides phone calls and text messages that warn of everything from hurricanes and floods, to chemical spills.
"Any type of emergency that we could have that might occur here in Lowndes County whether it be man-made or natural disaster. The county will only use the system though in the case of an emergency," said Paige Dukes, Lowndes County spokeswoman.
Code Red is free. It's specific to Lowndes, though other areas may have similar programs. It sends alerts either prepared by county officials or straight from The National Weather Service.
You can sign up by logging onto Lowndescounty.com. Then scroll down to the Code Red icon. That brings up the Code Red page where you'll type in your information. You can also indicate if you need special assistance. And for smart phone users, they have an app for that.
If you don't have internet access you can call Lowndes Emergency Management for help over the phone. (229) 671-2790