LA VERGNE – The City of La Vergne is offering CodeRED to residents – a high-speed notification system alerting people about severe weather and other emergency events. The messaging system provides notices when severe weather or other emergencies occur at no-charge through telephone, email, or text messaging.
Operated by Emergency Communications Network, CodeRED Weather Warning is an opt-in warning product that taps into the National Weather Service’s Storm Based Warnings. CodeRED Weather Warning automatically alerts affected citizens in the path of severe weather moments after a warning has been issued. City officials will also have the ability to notify the La Vergne community when other emergencies arise.
“We are centrally located where the railroad, interstate, and flight paths intersect,” said Alderman Tom Broeker. “It was important that we have the ability to notify our citizens not just in a weather event, but if there are other major incidents that require a response from the public – whether it’s a lost child, a hazmat event, or major road closure. CodeRED gives us the ability to do this without breaking the bank.”
La Vergne residents must confirm they want to receive severe weather notices and will be able to pick which ones they want to get (tornado, severe thunderstorm, etc.). However, all impacted residences with numbers in the system will be notified should other emergencies arise, such as a hazmat incident, evacuations, etc.
For citywide emergencies like this, the network is adding La Vergne phone numbers obtained from the white pages, yellow pages, the Rutherford County GIS mapping system, and the Rutherford County Enhanced 911 System. When a call comes in from CodeRED, the caller ID will read Emergency Communications Network or 866-419-5000 or 800-566-9780 will appear.
If you are not sure whether you are included in the database, simply visit the city website at www.lavergnetn.gov and follow the "CODERED Community Notification Enrollment" link. Additionally, businesses and residents can add unlisted and cell phone numbers to receive calls or text messages, and provide information for email notification.
“We recommend that all businesses register,” said Emergency Services Coordinator Rick McCormick. “You should also call if you have an unlisted phone number, you have changed your phone number or address within the past year, or if you use a cell phone or VoIP phone as your primary number.”
Those without Internet access may call La Vergne’s non-emergency police number at 793-7744 for assistance in signing up.