Editorial: Sign up for CodeRed

Monday afternoon area residents experienced strong winds and a tornado threat. Jefferson County Public Works Director Ken Thomas said a few trees were uprooted.
“It turned over a few irrigation pivots in the county,” he said Tuesday, adding that overall, the county was in pretty good shape.
“We had some rotational clouds; but we didn’t have any damage,” Glascock County Sheriff Jeremy Kelley said on Tuesday.
Jefferson County’s EMA Director Jim Anderson said a couple of houses were damaged.
“No injuries were reported,” he said. A survey team from NOAA will assess the damage, he said.
“We’ve had none (tornados) officially until the survey team comes out. There may have been one touched down on Clarks Mill Road,” he said.
Laura Belanger, a meteorologist with NOAA in Peachtree City, said they expect some pretty significant storms later this week.
“Storms that can produce some damaging winds. This is shaping up to be a fairly significant event,” she said Tuesday.
She said survey teams are headed out; but because of the damage in other places in the state, a team may not get to our area until later in the week or sometime next week. 
What may have made a difference for residents in Jefferson County is CodeRed, a system the county uses to notify individuals and businesses about a variety of hazards and potential hazards.
Additionally, Louisville City Hall activated its warning siren.
Hopefully, these two things helped people prepare for whatever was ahead. You have to sign up for the CodeRed system to receive the notifications; and, you need to maintain correct contact information.
The county’s vendor for this program may have entered public phone numbers into the system; but, to ensure the information is correct, check it.
Go online to the county’s website, www.jeffersoncountyga.gov and sign up. Double check the information if you’ve already signed up.
Anderson said without CodeRed a lot of people would not have been warned about the weather.
“I urge people to sign up for it,” he said.