Cleveland launches new CodeRED alert system before RNC

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The City of Cleveland is urging all residents, businesses and visitors to sign up a new mass notification system known as CodeRED. 

It will let city officials or safety forces quickly deliver messages regarding emergencies like severe weather of incidents like train derailments or toxic spills.

You can sign up for the service through the city's website by clicking the CodeRED button.

Users can sign up to be alerted by landline, cellphone or email address.

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The system will also deliver non emergency information like traffic alerts or interruption of city service.

The system allows the city to deliver messages in a defined area without spreading needless concern citywide. It uses Geographical Information System technology.

Safety Director Michael McGrath said, " Keeping our citizens, visitors  and businesses safe and informed at all times is important. CodeRED is another tool the city is providing to help citizens stay informed and stay safe."

Alex Pellom, the City of Cleveland Emergency Operations Center Manager worked with CodeRED when he worked in Jacksonville, Fla.

He claims it was very effective delivering warnings for hurricanes.

The system is another example of a benefit installed before the Republican National Convention that will help the city after Republicans leave.

City officials did have the cost of the system available.