CodeRED Facts

CodeRED Weather Warning will notify citizens by phone of Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, Flash Flood Warnings and Tornado Warnings within moments of being issued by the National Weather Service .
CodeRED enables the city to provide mass notification quickly and easily.
Message recipient’s Caller ID will read either Emergency Communications Network or the number 800-566-9780.
This service is free to all Harrisburg Area residents and businesses.

CodeRED Frequently Asked Questions

What is CodeRED Weather Warning?

The CodeRED Weather Warning System is a fast communication service to notify the citizens of Harrisburg and its surrounding communities of immediate threats of severe thunderstorm warnings, flash flood warnings and tornado warnings within moments of being issued by the National Weather Service.

CodeRED Weather Warning will deliver a pre-recorded alert message directly to your phone. The system automatically sends these notifications 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

It can also be used by the City of Harrisburg to alert citizens of other emergency situations and announcements.

What do I have to do to receive this service?

To receive CodeRED Weather Warning Calls, you must register your home, cell phone, or business phone number in the CodeRED database. The message recipient's Caller ID will show the name Emergency Communications Network or the number 800-566-9780.

Click Here to Sign up for CodeRED and CodeRED Weather Warning

What should I do if I receive a CodeRED message?

* Take this warning seriously. You will receive one call per warning.
* Say Hello to start the recorded message. Listen Carefully
* Follow Instructions
* Don’t hang up until you hear the whole message
(the message will not be repeated)
* DO NOT call 9-1-1 unless instructed to do so (You will only tie up emergency lines)

What should I do if I miss a message?

The warning system may leave a message on your answering machine or voice mail. You may return the call by dialing the number displayed the Caller ID to hear the last message delivered.

Will the system work with cell phones?

Yes. Your cell phone number needs to be associated with your Harrisburg Area address. We encourage you to register your cell phone number.

How Do I Register?

The following information is required to add a telephone number into the "CodeRED" database: first and last name; address (physical address, no P.O. boxes); city; state; Zip Code; and primary phone number. A primary phone number is most likely the identified home phone number. An alternate phone number, such as a mobile phone, can also be entered and both the primary and alternate line will be contacted in the event of an emergency. The system works with cellular phones but requires a Harrisburg Area street address.

For those who are hearing impaired, the sign up form offers a TDD ONLY option for tone delivery of emergency messages. Messages delivered to phone numbers marked TDD will only be delivered in a TDD/TTY format. Residents without Internet access may visit the County public library to use a computer to register or call the Harrisburg Area Chamber of Commerce at 870-578-4104.

Examples of times when the CodeRED system could be utilized: drinking water contamination, utility outage, evacuation notice, missing person, fires or floods, bomb threat, hostage situation, chemical spill or gas leak, and other emergency incidents where rapid and accurate notification is essential for life safety.