In a time of emergency, seconds count, and Cherokee County public safety officials said residents can have emergency alerts sent directly to them in a timely fashion.

CodeRED is a web-based tool that enables local public safety personnel to notify residents and businesses by telephone, text message and email of time-sensitive information, emergencies or urgent notifications. The system can reach hundreds of thousands of individuals in minutes to ensure information such as evacuation notices, missing persons, inclement weather advisories and more are quickly shared. Only authorized government officials have access to share alerts with the CodeRED system.

“Residents and businesses located within Cherokee County are encouraged to sign up for CodeRED to be sure they receive timely emergency notifications, important information and instructions when alerts are issued,” Cherokee County EMA Director Craig Millsap said in a news release. “This is our way of notifying you in an emergency situation.”

CodeRED alerts are issued by geographical location and can be sent to cellular devices, land lines, texts and email. CodeRED also provides users with the options of receiving the CodeRED Weather Warning, which automatically generates alerts when the National Weather Service issues a warning based on the user’s location.

The alert system is free to all Cherokee County residents. To sign up, visit the Cherokee County EMA website at to access the CodeRED link or text “CHEROKEEALERT” to 99411 to enroll.

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