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Published April 19, 2013, 05:11 PM

Fargo city officials are reminding you to sign up for "Code Red"

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- A reminder from Fargo city officials tonight, sign up for "Code Red."

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- A reminder from Fargo city officials tonight, sign up for "Code Red."

With our upcoming flood fast approaching, they say now is the time to register.

CodeRED is an automated notification system that can reach up to 60,000 phone numbers per hour with a recorded message. Emergency management can send a message to the entire city or just a specific neighborhood.

The system can reach Fargo residents by a home phone, business phone or cell phone.

It's pretty easy to get registered.

First you go to the city of fargo's website and type in code red.

It will direct you to a sign up page, and you can select which type of notifications you want to receive.

You will be asked to provide your phone number and home address so that notifications made only to selected neighborhoods will be accurate.

Once registered the system will make three attempts to contact you and will leave messages in voice mail boxes and on answering machines.

Officials say this is another tool to keep people safe.

Dr. Tim Mahoney- Fargo City Commissioner: "We can give people codeRED in a neighborhood and get people out to help us out. In 2009 we had a breach in the dike in one of the neighborhoods, we did a codeRED at 2 in the morning and we had 300 people within 15 minutes on the dike."

Signing up won't only help keep you safe from rising waters, alerts could be issued for a variety of situations, including natural disasters, terrorism threats, and severe weather alerts.

Your information will only be used for emergency notification purposes.