Town gets new warning system
by Karen Kissiah Staff Writer
Cheraw Town Council was informed Tuesday that the town is now on board with an early weather alert system that will allow residents to receive weather warnings and other important messages in emergency situations. The service is call CodeRED Weather Warning and is provided by the Emergency Communications Network.
Residents may be notified by text, email or a phone call, depending on their preference, said Cheraw Town Clerk Tina Ellis. Ellis said there are more than 4,000 names in the system already, but people should verify their contact information to make sure their name is on file and their preferred method of contact is in place.
This service is being offered to all residents of the town, plus water customers, and those who live within the five mile radius fire protection area. Residents are asked to visit the website at www.cheraw.com, and enter an email address and a cell phone number. Anyone without Internet service, may contact Cheraw Town Hall at 843-537-8400 to set up their service by phone.
“If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called,” said Ellis. “One of the reasons the CodeRED system was selected is it gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their own phone numbers directly into the system’s database, which is an extremely important feature.”
Participation is voluntary.
“No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included,” said Ellis.
She urged everyone to log onto the website and follow the link to the “CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment” page.
— Staff Writer Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 843-537-5261, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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