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County buys Code Red for another year

County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - After a rush of sign-ups, Dougherty County Commissioners decide to renew an emergency notification system.

Just a couple of weeks ago, only about 5,600 phone numbers in Dougherty County were registered for Code Red, an emergency notification system that alerts you of bad weather or other emergencies.

After a call out campaign encouraging people to sign up, more than 3,000 people added their numbers to the list. That gave commissioners the push they needed to continue the program for another year.

"When you have eight to nine thousand people that want a warning and you're talking about protecting lives, $25,000 per year is a lot of money, but it is worth it for that many people to be engaged and the numbers are growing everyday," said County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard.

There is one major difference in the plan for this year. People who signed up will automatically be alerted when the National Weather Service has issued a warning. There will be no manual weather warnings.

The service will cost $25,000 a year.

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