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March 31, 2008

Valdosta - Code Red went on line in Lowndes County earlier this year and it may already have saved lives.

Before the county even tested the system, severe weather hit and a Code Red warning went out.

County administrators are now planning to run their first test of the system and they encourage you to sign up to assure you'll be alerted of an emergency in your area.

Ashley Turner just signed up for Code Red.  "I signed my cell phone number up and my house number up."

She saw it work for the first time in Lowndes County last month.  Just after being installed, it sent out a warning to thousands of people in Clyattville, alerting them of a potentially deadly storm.

"We had just come online and had not even planned our first full blown test but we were tested by the weather," says Rod Casey, Chairman of the Lowndes County Commission.

That storm destroyed homes, uprooted trees and downed power lines. Luckily no one was injured.

"We had great feedback. Some people actually left the places that they were, that were hit by trees that had fallen so we think we might have actually saved a couple of lives," Casey adds.

If severe weather strikes again, Turner is comforted in knowing she could also be warned first.  "My husband is military so he's not home all the time which makes it convenient for me to know what precautions I need to take," Turner says.

And given the information she needs to help her family weather the storm.

"Not only will Code Red inform you that there's bad weather but it will tell me what I need to do. Stay in the house, take precautions, that kind of information which is very useful," Turner adds.

Emergency officials will be testing Code Red this Saturday at 12:00 PM to assure if another emergency happens, they'll be ready and you'll be warned.

Of course to get the emergency alerts, you must sign up first.

Click here to put in all your information and receive the emergency warnings in Lowndes County.

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