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Code Red alerts Lenawee residents of danger

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LENAWEE COUNTY, MI (Toledo News Now) -

A push to get Lenawee County residents enrolled in a Code Red program is paying off. They've had the largest number of new registrations in the whole country.

"This gives us the tools, and the capability, of pushing information out very, very rapidly to [residents]," said Curtis Parson, of Lenawee County Emergency Management.

When a tornado, flood, chemical spill, or other dangerous event happens, people want the information right away. The Code Red program figures out which part of the county will be impacted by a disaster and calls or sends a message to those people.

"I think it's a great idea," said Jerry Uyttenhove, who works in the county. "It alerts people to any impending danger in the area."

More than 9,000 people and 300 businesses have signed up for Code Red in the county.

"I want to make this available and I want to get people registered so when something happens in their community, they know about it immediately," Parson said.

The program is funded through the Department of Homeland Security and is free for residents to use. To sign up for Code Red, visit the Lenawee County website here.

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