A cloud over Sioux City, Iowa, is whipped into a massive, spaceship-like doughnut a mile in diameter.
Source: The Daily Mail
On Monday, the Garland CodeRED alert system was activated and automated calls went to those phone numbers in the system. Many residents saw the special number appear on their caller ID: 999-911-9999. Severe storms and tornado warnings were crossing the Metroplex north and south of Garland. TV stations had interrupted their normal programming to follow the storms. Some stations had helicopters in the air watching sections of the storms that were showing strong signs of rotation.
Any of the storms could have developed into a large tornado or have produced dramatic clouds like that above.
While Garland wasn't directly threatened this time, it is only a matter of time until another tornado does strike the city. CodeRED is an excellent safety system for all residents.
But the city must have your phone number to call you. Some numbers are automatically available. Many home phone numbers are in the system. However, if you want the same warning at your office or on your cell phone, you need to register that number.
Next time an emergency situation affects your home — bad weather, gas line break, flooding, or numerous other possibilities — you'll have as much advance warning as the system can give … even if you're nowhere near home.