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Village of Lisle offers new CodeRED weather warning system

Published: Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 10:44 a.m. CDT
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Bill Ackerman – backerman@shawmedia.com Mat Klody talks on his cellphone outside his sandbagged condo in Lisle on April 18.

LISLE – Whether it is a thunderstorm, flash flood or blizzard, Lisle residents have the ability to receive severe weather warnings through a call to their phones.

The village of Lisle upgraded its CodeRED community notification system in the beginning of August to include CodeRED Weather Warning, a notification service offered by the Emergency Communications Network.

Once the National Weather Service issues a weather bulletin, the system sends a phone call with an automated warning message to subscribers within the path of the severe weather threat. 

“If you are outside and have a cellphone but no TV or radio, your phone will ring and tell you what’s coming,” said Lisle Police Department Watch Commander Randy Johnson, who also is in charge of the weather warning system for the village. “It’s a very good system.” 

According to the Emergency Communications Network website, weather alerts through CodeRED Weather Warning are generated through computer algorithms to provide citizens threatened by severe weather extra time to prepare.

Based on the National Weather Service’s methods of prediction, only citizens in the path of projected weather are contacted, which decreases false alarms, the website states.

Residents can choose to receive weather alerts for tornadoes, flash floods, severe thunderstorms or winter storms, Johnson said. 

In 2005, the village launched its CodeRED notification system to gain the ability to send emergency messages – including alerts for missing children or road closures – to as many residents as possible, Johnson said. More than 11,000 residents are signed up for the CodeRED system. 

Johnson said the village decided to add CodeRED Weather Warning to the notification system based on recent weather situations and to offer residents the most up-to-date technology.

“With the amount of thunderstorms and weather activity coming around the last few years we looked into it and it seems to work well so it’s just making our system that much better,” Johnson said. 

Residents who live or work in Lisle can enroll in CodeRED Weather Warning, and can do so for no charge.

To register, visit villageoflisle.org and click on the “CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment” link. Residents without internet access can contact the Lisle Police Department at 630-271-4200 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

For information, callJohnson at 630-271-4200. 

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