The first of its kind in Mississippi, the Code Red Alert Notification System will deliver important messages from designated city officials to Meridian residents, as a whole or as precise as a city block or one street.
"It would affect the residents of the city of Meridian and notify them in the event of emergencies," said Bunky Partridge, director of homeland security. "We can notify up to 1500 people per minute of impending dangers, if they need to evacuate, a hurricane. We just feel read good about the citizens and confident the citizens will use it."
Notification of Haz-Mat spills, lost children or elderly people, evacuation notices, fires, bomb threats, hostage situations and weather alerts will be shared by recorded messages to your phone.
The system will leave messages on answering machines that pick up. If no message is left, you should see the number 999-911-9999 on your Caller ID. the system will attempt to reach you three times.
"It just brings to mind that there are major emergencies that we have in this city and we're glad to roll this out," said Partridge.
The system has been on line for two weeks. The city said its goal is to have a complete database by the end of September. It's funded through a homeland security grant.
Residents may sign-up for the free service in three ways: on the Internet at www.meridianms.org and then click on the 'Code red' logo; a sign-up form on the back of your September water bill; or pick up forms at designated city offices. Those locations are:
Temporary City Hall
Meridian Police Dept.
Central Fire Station
Public Works Dept.
Parks & Recreation Dept.
Meridian Activity Center
For more information, you may call 601-485-1826.