Ormond Beach-based Emergency Communications Network (ECN) delivered more than 300,000 severe weather warning notifications throughout the Midwest on Sunday during a rare outbreak of deadly tornadoes that left behind significant damage and took the lives of 8 people. The system delivered more than 48,000 tornado warning calls, more than 250,000 severe thunderstorm calls and more than 7,000 flash flood warning calls to residents in the affected area of the storm.
Government entities who utilize ECN’s CodeRED Weather Warning solution relied on the technology to proactively warn residents in Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.
CodeRED Weather Warning technology was released in 2007 and was designed by a group of ECN software developers and engineers in Ormond Beach. The mass notification system, used by thousands of government agencies throughout the United States, delivers automated tornado, severe thunderstorm and flash flood warnings to residents as soon as a bulletin is received by the National Weather Service. The technology determines the most vulnerable areas and notifies those most at risk first. CodeRED Weather Warning uses advanced geographic methodology so only those residents within the path of severe weather are contacted, increasing relevance and reducing false alarm.
Locally, the City of Ormond Beach provides CodeRED Weather Warning services, in addition to emergency and general notifications, to all Ormond Beach residents. Those in Ormond Beach who are interested in receiving automated weather warnings should visit the City’s website at ormondbeach.org and click on Emergency Alerts to enroll their contact information and select their notification preferences. Those who reside in other regions should check with their local public safety providers to see if their community offers CodeRED services.