HUBER HEIGHTS — Despite the beautiful weather over the past week, the changes to weather patterns in the spring can bring big swings in temperatures which are often accompanied by violent storms.
Huber Heights Fire Chief Mark Ashworth urged residents to enroll in the city’s emergency notification system, named CodeRed, at a presentation to the Huber Heights Senior Citizens Center.
CodeRed is a tool that can be used by the city for emergency notifications of any type including boil alerts, missing persons, traffic hazards, or weather emergencies. The system is free and can support notifications by a land telephone line, email, cell phone, or text messages.
Click here to register for CodeRed. Those needing assistance with registering are urged to contact the Division of Fire at 233-1564.
Ashworth said that the CodeRed system is superior to tornado sirens for multiple reasons.
“The state doesn’t have a standard for when a siren is activated, so it is up to the authorities of that jurisdiction,” said Ashworth. “Someone along the line has to make a decision about when to activate them. The National Weather Service will not activate a jurisdiction’s sirens.”
He said that installing sirens would cost around $225,000 based on the city’s need for nine sirens which doesn’t include the land purchase or the annual maintenance.
Ashworth said another benefit of the CodeRed system is that in weather emergencies, the system only notifies those in the path of the storm as identified by the National Weather Service.
“With the notification system like CodeRed that we use in Huber Heights, it uses the information from the National Weather Service directly and automatically much like the local media and television stations do,” he said. “It is based on the National Weather Service and takes the guesswork out of the dispatch center to decide whether to use the sirens or not. It’s all done by the experts.”
Ashworth also noted that the private information is secure and not accessible to other city employees. He said it can not be used for political or other messages as he and his command staff are the only personnel who can initiate a message.
Ashworth said that when potential dangerous weather is near, everyone should take caution.
“Be prepared, be aware, seek good information, and, if necessary, seek shelter,” he said.
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