To the editor:

Delaware county has an excellent way to notify county residents of an impending tornado, severe thunderstorm or other climatic events. Many people are, unfortunately, unaware of the CodeRED system.

CodeRED was installed by the county commissioners a few years ago. It will call those who have signed up, either by land line or cell phone, regarding a tornado or other weather emergency.

For instance, if a tornado appears in the watch box (which is the polygon viewed on local TV weather reports), the message will advise the person to take cover immediately. The same is true of severe thunderstorms and any widespread emergencies, weather-related or not.

This service is free. There is nothing to buy nor anything to program. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The system is able to make 60,000 calls per hour.

You may sign up on line at the Delaware County website at You need to give your name, address and telephone number. You may also call Sandy Mackey at the emergency management agency, which also runs the 911 system, and she will give you any further information that you may need. Be safe.

Ted Heiskell