When the remnants of Hurricane Sandy passed through Avon Lake on Monday night, the effect was immediate. Within hours, a closing part of the roadway and knocking out power. By Monday night, thousands were without power, but were able to check for updates via cell phones and iPads.
Many Avon Lake cell phone users, and those with workable landlines, received a CodeRED message that evening warning of dangerous conditions outside and asking residents to remain home if possible.
“We had a very positive response to CodeRED,” Mayor Greg Zilka said of the notification that went out Monday evening.
Code Red is a reverse 9-1-1 system used by municipalities in urgent situations. Individuals must opt-in to the system to receive a Code Red. Signing up is free and there is no limit to the number of phones—either landlines or cell—that can be registered. Both Avon and Avon Lake have opt-in CodeRED systems.
Safety forces may use the system to notify residents of flooding, closed roads, dangerous conditions, power outages, etc. They can also be notified by phone of a variety of emergency situations including dangerous weather like tornadoes, missing child alerts and evacuation alerts.
- In Avon: To sign up for CodeRED in Avon, go to the City of Avon website, then click on the link for Code Red.
- To sign up for Code Red in Avon Lake, click on this link and register.