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DeKalb Co. residents urged to register with new alert system

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The new Alert DeKalb system is more technologically advanced than the current Code Red system. The new Alert DeKalb system is more technologically advanced than the current Code Red system.
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DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Emergency management officials in DeKalb County are working to make sure their residents are prepared in the event of severe weather, but they are concerned some people just won't get the message.

An advanced alert system is being integrated in the county, and they need residents to sign up. After nearly five years with Code Red, the DeKalb County EMA began distribution of emergency messages through a new carrier, Alert DeKalb.

EMA Director Anthony Clifton said for residents to receive the benefits of the system, they must first register online, as they have no way to transfer current Code Red subscribers into the new system. That means everyone must register if they want to receive alerts.

Clifton said the new system is more technologically advanced in that it can send multiple messages to people in various ways, including telephone, email, and text. "This is probably the best and easiest way we can guarantee that you get the word when your life depends on it," he said.

As a safety net, Code Red will remain operational through the end of March to allow residents time to register with the new system.

Remember, when breaking news happens, we break it first online, by email, and by text. If you want to receive our breaking news alerts by text, pull out your phone right now and text NEWS to 44848. Message and data rates may apply. You can text STOP at any time to cancel your subscription, text HELP for more information, or call 877-571-0774 for support.

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