Emergency Notification System
Union County Emergency Management Agency (UCEMA) has changed to a new Community Notification System, CodeRED. This system is replacing WENS, Wireless Emergency Alert Notification System. If you were registered with our previous system to receive notifications on your mobile phone from Union County, you will continue to receive them. CodeRED will allow Union County to continue alerting residents and visitors of time-sensitive information, emergency and other urgent notifications. All Union County residents are strongly encouraged to go to the CodeRED Registration website and register to update your information.
The CodeRED system provides residents more flexibility in choosing which notifications and weather warnings they receive. The added feature of a mobile app for android and apple devices allow residents to choose up to 53 additional types of weather warnings. This app also allows the resident to view alerts from other counties across the United States that utilizes the CodeRED system.
UCEMA has instituted the CodeRED Emergency Notification System – an ultra-high-speed telephone communication service for emergency notifications. This system allows us to provide notifications for all or targeted areas of the county in case of an emergency situation that requires immediate action (such as a boil-water notice, missing child, weather emergencies or evacuation notices).
The system delivers text, emails and phone calls. Phone calls provide a recorded message to a live person or an answering machine, making three attempts to connect to any number.
Please visit our Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ) page for answers to more commonly asked questions.
Typical CodeRED Emergency Alert System Uses
UCEMA utilizes CodeRED Weather Warning. CodeRED Weather Warning is a unique service that automatically notifies citizens in the path of severe weather just moments after a warning has been issued by the National Weather Service. The CodeRED Weather Warning is a free service and you can choose the types of alerts you would like to receive; tornado, thunderstorm and/or flash flood.
UCEMA also uses CodeRED to send EMERGENCY notifications by phone, email and/or text to keep citizens informed of emergencies such as an evacuation notices, utility outages, water main breaks, fire or floods, chemical spills, or other emergency situations.
UCEMA may also use CodeRED to send GENERAL notifications to those who register to communicate non-life safety matters, such as planned road closures, water main repairs, water and power service interruptions, etc. By selecting the box for GENERAL alerts, you will also receive these types of notifications.
There is no charge to register for or use CodeRED and your personal information will be kept confidential. Registering for CodeRED is quick and easy: REGISTER
Add the following numbers to your caller ID
- 800-566-9780 – WEATHER WARNINGS
- 866-419-5000 – EMERGENCY CALLS
- 855-969-4636 – GENERAL CALLS
Text to Enroll
It is easier than ever to sign-up for CodeRED or encourage your friends and neighbors to enroll. Text “UCALERTS” to 99411 and users are able to sign-up for emergency notifications, general notifications and location-specific severe weather warnings.
CodeRED Mobile Alert App
The CodeRED Mobile Alert App is available to download from your app store.
Residents and visitors alike can receive enhanced public safety alerts no matter where you are located via the CodeRED Mobile Alert app – a free public safety app for both Android and iPhone users. The CodeRED Mobile Alert app delivers community and emergency alerts to individuals targeted within an impacted geographical area so that you may also receive timely notifications when you are on the road, away from home.
However, if you download the CodeRED Mobile Alert app, you will also be able to receive alerts via your smartphone anywhere in the country, including Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Alaska.
Downloading the app does not register you in the Union County CodeRED system.
Things to Know About CodeRED
CodeRED is compatible with TDD/TTY devices for those with hearing impairments
Individuals and businesses may add as many phone numbers, emails and text numbers as they would like