On May 31, a tornado swept through Madison County, IL. Residents were provided ample time to seek shelter because they first found out about the severe weather through CodeRED Weather Warning. The alert from the mass notification software was received simultaneously on Madison County Administrator’s cell and home phones and although not in the state, the weather warning call was also received by the wife of a county board member, who was able to call her husband in Madison County and relay the message.
The system demonstrated itself as an important tool to keep residents safe. As Alhambra Mayor Bruce Hurst summarized, “This CodeRED is a lifesaver. It’s something we should be very proud of.”