PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Johnson County residents now have a new tool to help them combat severe weather. There are two simple words to remember: CODE RED.
The automated alert system, allows the staff with 911 and the Emergency Management office to warn people about a severe weather threat.
"Those who register have three options," says director Gary McClure. "They can sign up if there are warnings for tornadoes, flash floods and thunderstorms."
The system is already in place, with close to 8,000 people who've signed up. McClure says with more that 20,000 residents in the county, there's a push to sign up many more as soon as possible.
"There's a heightened awareness," says Deputy Director, Jeannie Kannard. "It's probably because of last years tornado and the recent events in Oklahoma. People are aware of what could happen."
Any Johnson County resident who'd like to learn more, can contact the Paintsville/Johnson County Emergency Management Office at 606-789-2260.