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Emergency system contracted for several CTX counties

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CENTRAL TEXAS (KXXV) -

Several Central Texas counties are giving you the chance to sign-up for an alert system called CodeRED. 

The service is offered through the Central Texas Council of Governments in Belton.

"CodeRED is a next generation, reversed 911 calling system, and what it does is it allows us to put out messages to the mass public,"Temple Fire Chief Mitch Randles said.

But, it's not just available to people in Temple. CodeRED reaches Bell, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Milan, Mills and San Saba counties. 

"We can pre-warn people in plenty of time of severe weather, anything. But if we don't have them signed up, we can't get the message out," Belton Fire Chief Bruce Pritchard said. 

A message that first responders believe could be life-saving.

"There's no doubt it'll save a life if we can get a message to somebody at two o'clock in the morning when they're sleeping," Chief Pritchard added. 

So, they say sign up. It takes just a couple of minutes... minutes you might wish you'd spent the next time an emergency happens.

"They can call the fire station, we'd be more than happy to go online with them or go to the website walk through it with them or fill it out for them, whatever it takes to get it done," Chief Pritchard said. 

The Central Texas Council of Governments is in year three of its three-year contract with CodeRED. But, the agency expects to continue the partnership in the future.

To register for CodeRED, visit their website.

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