BRUNSWICK, Ohio - The City of Brunswick is encouraging residents to sign up for CodeRED alerts.
Monday evening, Brunswick experienced a severe thunderstorm that produced a tornado. Some residents have expressed concern about the lack of warning from the outdoor warning sirens. The outdoor warning sirens were removed from service in August of 2008, following security concerns due to numerous false alarms being set off by hackers.
The city then opted to contract with CodeRED Emergency Communication Network.
According to city officials, the sirens were mainly to alert those outside, the mass notification system CodeRED was determined to be the best overall solution. CodeRED can place calls directly to home phones or mobile phones, or utilize text and email depending on the situation. According to officials, the service can be used for many other situations and has been used successfully to notify residents of missing persons, amber alerts and flooding assistance.
Residents must opt in to receive the weather alerts. "Some have not signed up to be notified of weather alerts. However, as Brunswick experienced last evening, a severe thunderstorm warning means that the storms could bring damaging winds, large hail or tornadoes without further notice, as the National Weather Service and local meteorologists have confirmed," said city officials in a press release.
Monday night the CodeRED call went out at 6:56 p.m. based on the National Weather Service alert. The system placed 8,789 attempts on 7,272 phones. All of these calls were placed within two minutes of the National Weather Service bulletin.
The city is encouraging all residents to visit the City of Brunswick website at www.brunswick.oh.us to update their CodeRED contact information.
Red Cross is doing damage assessment: Meeting with families in the hard hit area of Medina County to determine if the families can stay in their homes.
Red Cross is also out trying to determine what other help residents would need.
People can donate by texting 90999 to Red Cross. $10 will be accessed to your account – the $10 will be placed in the Red Cross donation fund..
People can also donate by sending a check to your local Red Cross chapter.