Fayetteville moves to new emergency alert provider

Fayetteville has a new emergency notification provider designed to notify residents about tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, flash flooding and other emergencies.

The new CodeRed service replaces the previous Everbridge alert system the city has used since 2014. Residents who previously signed up for the old service were automatically migrated to the new system on Aug. 3, according to a news release.

The new system differs from the old service in that residents will only receive one message. In other words, the system does not continually try to reach people. Users can return missed calls from the system to hear the alert if they missed it the first time.

From the release:

CodeRED notifications are issued by geographic location, so it is important for citizens to keep address information up-to-date using the online system. Severe weather warnings are sent based on the longitude and latitude of an address. A tornado warning, for example, would only be sent to contacts with addresses suspected to be in the tornado’s path.

Those who are registered with Washington County’s CodeRED service should consider signing up through the Fayetteville system to receive city-specific notifications.

Residents are also encouraged to register for non-emergency alerts to receive customized notices about events, bid postings, or city newsletters.

To sign up, visit coderedweb.com and fill in the appropriate fields.