CODE RED - Sikeston's Emergency Notification System
Area residents are asked to participate in the city’s “Code RED” system.
A couple of years ago Sikeston DPS put the “Code RED” Emergency Notification System in place for the City. Since that time this system has been used to help provide emergency information to local residents. This ultra high-speed telephone communication system was used extensively during the 2009 Ice Storm to relay emergency information to our citizens.
The “Code RED” system is capable of dialing 60,000 telephone numbers in less than an hour. This system will then deliver our recorded message to any phone that is registered in the system, leaving messages if no one answers. The notification system can issue a city-wide alert or target affected areas of the City by street or block.
Citizens of Sikeston can register several of their phone numbers, including cellular phones. Every Citizen is encouraged to complete a “Code RED” Community Notification Enrollment to receive these emergency notifications. To register, visit Sikeston’s Web page at www.sikeston.org and click the “Code RED” link to sign up. Your information will remain completely private and will only be used to notify you of critical situations such as our recent flooding situation.
The city will depend on this notification system a little more now that our tornado warning/siren system is obsolete. We use this notification system to notify citizens for a variety of reasons such as tornados, severe weather, drinking water contamination, utility outages, evacuation notices and routes, missing persons, fires or floods, bomb threats, hostage situations, chemical spills or gas leaks, other natural disasters or road closures.
There are many situations where this program would be very beneficial to our residents, but you can’t receive the emergency information if you aren’t registered. Please visit www.sikeston.org and click the “Code RED” image in the lower right hand corner.