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Published August 24, 2010, 08:29 AM

Clay County: Severe weather alerts to be available via Code Red

Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - About a week from now, people in Clay County will be able to have severe weather threats sent right to their cell phone or land line using Code Red. This now means whether you can hear a siren or not, you'll know if severe weather is heading their way.

For now, Code Red in Clay County will run independently, but by December, the Emergency Services Manager wants to merge with Fargo and Cass County, giving out these alerts via Red River Regional Dispatch.

Emergency services manager Bryan Green says having a uniform system will be easier to manage and most importantly, less confusing for the public. Under the partial three month contract, the system will cost Clay County about $1,700 dollars.

A yearly contract starts December first with a price tag of $7,000 dollars. Once it's up and running, people can register on the county's website for three different types of alerts: flash floods, severe thunderstorms and tornados.

“You've got a small telephone company out in Ulen, and you're going to send that many signals through there at one time? They've tested it about as far as it'll go and they guarantee it'll work.”

Code Red could be ready to go before September first. The county will formally announce it to the public when everything is ready.