The City of Gainesville utilizes a comprehensive severe weather early warning system. This system consists of local Storm Spotters, television alert and the Code Red Weather alert system.
The best investment you can make for yourself and family is to purchase a special NOAA weather radio with a tone alert feature. These NOAA weather radios are inexpensive and can be purchased at local radio or electronic stores.
As a service to the public, the National Weather Service broadcasts uninterrupted weather information to the public 24 hours a day. Severe weather watches and warnings within the listening area are tone alerted. This alarm tone will activate the NOAA weather radios that have a tone-alert feature.
Sign-up for Code Red Emergency Notifications
The City of Gainesville has implemented the CodeRED Emergency Notification System - an ultra high-speed telephone communication service that will personally notify you in the event of an emergency. This system
allows the ability to telephone all or targeted areas of the City in case of an emergency situation that requires immediate action (such as a missing child or evacuation notices).
- The system’s main purpose is to notify citizens or groups of citizens in emergency situations; however the system has the ability to be used for non-emergency notifications as well.
- No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included in the Code Red database. All businesses should register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the last year, and who use a cellular phone as their primary home phone.
There is no charge to register your information in the Code Red database, and you may customize your alerts to include general, emergency, and/or weather alerts.
Code Red notification system may be used for the following type of Emergency Incidents:
- Tornado Warning
- Flash Flood Warning
- Utility outage
- Evacuation notice & routes
- Missing persons
- Fires or Floods
- Bomb threat
- Hostage situation
- Chemical spill or Gas leak
- Drinking Water Contamination
- Boil Water Notices
Remember, severe weather preparedness is up to you. Have a plan ready for any severe weather situation and practice it often.