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CodeRed Emergency Alert System

 
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What is the CodeRed Emergency Alert System and why is this system important to me?

Waupaca County utilizes what is known as the CodeRed Emergency Alert System when a critical incident or emergency situation takes place within the county. We use this system to notify the entire county or specific areas within the county of important information. 

This system is a database of resident and citizen information for use only in critical and emergency situations. The CodeRed System is used to send critical communications from evacuation notices, to hazardous weather alerts, to missing children alerts. When residents and citizens enter their information into the CodeRed Emergency Alert System, they are added to a nationwide database set exclusively for emergency community alerts in emergency situations. Your contact information remains private and is only used to contact you for community emergency communications. To register for the CodeRed emergency alertsplease click here

Samples of Emergency Notifications:
Evacuations
Possible Dangerous Individual
Missing Person
Fire Advisories
Hazardous Materials Spill
Shelter Information
Boil Water Advisory
Active Shooter
Health Advisory/Viral Outbreak

Samples of Community Notifications:
Community Watch Information
Conservation Notices
Fraud or Scam Alerts
Planned Water or Electrical Outages
Prescription Drug Drop Off Notices

Please Note: If you are unsure of whether your contact information is in the database or if you have recently moved or changed your telephone number, it is important to click on the above link to add and/or update your information.

The CodeRed system also has a mobile app available. Designed to keep you informed and aware, the CodeRed Mobile App uses the national CodeRed Emergency System to alert subscribers within reach of a given notification and emergency situation. The app is geo-aware, and will ask you to use your "current location," so no matter where you are when an alert is issued, you will receive a push notification along with a voice file of the alert up to 24-hours after the alert has been issued. This is a free app. Simply search "code red" to find the app through your current smart phone provider.

If you have any questions or problems entering your information into the CodeRed system, please email Andrew Carlin, Public Information Officer at andrew.carlin@co.waupaca.wi.us  for assistance.

The Waupaca County Sheriff's Office encourages everyone to sign-up for the CodeRed Emergency Alert System to stay informed in case of an emergency. 

  
 
 

Severe Weather
Information

 

BE PREPARED

Be prepared - lightning, flooding, large hail and severe wind gusts can turn a fun afternoon into a dangerous situation. If unprepared, a fast approaching storm can become deadly. It is always important that you and your family understand what to do if a storm approaches.

Knowing the answers to the following questions will help you stay safe:

  • What county and city are you visiting?
  • Where will you go if threatening weather is approaching?
  • How will you find out if a storm is moving toward your area?
  • How will you receive warnings and forecasts before the storm strikes?

WHAT TO LISTEN FOR

Weather Watch:

A watch issued when conditions become favorable for severe weather; it does not necessarily mean it is going to happen. Watch the sky and stay tuned for later forecasts and possible warnings.

Weather Warning:

A warning is issued when severe weather is occurring or is imminent. Now is the time to take action.

TYPES OF WEATHER

Lightning

Lightning occurs with all thunderstorms. People who are outdoors, especially near tall trees, in or on water, or on or near hilltops are most at risk.

When a storm approaches:

  • Move to a sturdy building or car.
  • Do not take shelter in small sheds, under isolated trees, or in convertible automobiles.
  • Get out of boats and away from water.

If caught outdoors and no shelter is available:

  • Find a low spot away from trees, fences, and poles.
  • If in the woods, take shelter under the shorter trees.

Flash Floods

Heavy rain can quickly turn small streams into raging rivers. Most flash flooding is caused by slower moving thunderstorms, or storms repeatedly moving over the same area.

It is important that you identify an area safe from flooding. Avoid camping or parking along streams, particularly during threatening conditions.

If a flooding is occurring or a warning is issued:

  • Go to higher ground, but beware of lightning.
  • DO NOT attempt to cross flowing streams.
  • NEVER drive through flooded roadways.
  • Be very cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
  • Monitor NOAA Weather radio or the local Emergency Alert System station for the latest information.

Thunderstorm winds and Tornadoes

Thunderstorms can also produce strong winds and tornadoes. Winds in excess of 50 mph can topple trees and overturn tents and campers. Tornadoes can have winds over 100 mph, which create a narrow but deadly path of destruction.

When a severe storm approaches or a warning is issued:

  • Campers and mobile homes offer little protection from tornadoes and severe winds. They should be abandoned.
  • Move to a pre-designated shelter. Go to the lowest floor and stay away from windows.
  • If caught outside and a tornado is approaching, lie flat in a nearby ditch.
  • Monitor NOAA Weather radio or the local Emergency Alert System station for the latest information.
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