Sign up to receive Code Red Weather Warnings

May 8, 2014

Because it’s impossible to know about potentially dangerous weather conditions around-the-clock, University Park residents may want to sign up for Code Red Weather Warnings.  It's a free service.
Code Red Weather Warnings are sent when the National Weather Service issues a severe thunderstorm, tornado or flash flood warning.  The geographically-based Code Red System determines if your address is in the path of the storm and immediately calls with the weather information.  Participants will not receive calls outside the path of their address.   
How do residents sign up to receive Code Red Weather Warnings?
Residents can sign up, free of charge, by CLICKING HERE.  During the application process residents will be asked to type in needed information, including the phone number that will receive the weather warnings.  

Severe Weather preparedness
In Texas, tornadoes occur most often in the spring and summer.  Storms that spawn tornadoes are most likely to strike in the late afternoon and early evening hours.
Watches: The National Weather Service issues Severe Thunderstorm and Tornado Watches when severe weather is expected in or near a watch area.
Warnings:  A Severe Thunderstorm Warning means that potentially damaging thunderstorms have been detected by radar or are already occurring.  A Tornado Warning means that a tornado is on the ground or is about to be.  
When a Tornado Warning is issued:
  • Residents should go to an interior room on the lowest floor of the home, such as a bathroom, closet or room without windows.
  • Office occupants should go to an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor of the building.
  • Never stay inside a car.  If a building is nearby, take shelter inside.  If shelter is not immediately available, leave the car and lie flat in a ditch or ravine.  Never try to outrun a tornado in your car.
City’s Outdoor Warning Siren system
Six pole-mounted sirens are located throughout University Park to alert those who are outside about approaching severe weather or other situations requiring immediate action. Each of the sirens produces an alert tone that maintains its decibel level in all directions.  Used in combination, the sirens overlap all neighborhoods to penetrate the entire City. 
University Park's outdoor warning sirens can be activated for one or more of the following conditions, or as deemed necessary by authorized individuals:
  • National Weather Service issues a Tornado Warning or Severe Thunderstorm Warning with the phrase “Destructive winds in excess of 70 mph or higher are likely with this storm” for the University Park area.
  • Trained storm spotters have reported a tornado in University Park, or a neighboring city that has the potential to affect University Park.
  • Reported hail of 1.25” in diameter or greater (1” may cause an activation for areas or events where large numbers of people are outside).
  • Other emergencies as directed by the community’s elected officials. 
When outdoor warning siren activations occur, residents outside should seek shelter immediately.  Once inside, residents should monitor changing conditions by checking area TV, radio or internet.  

Residents may also want to consider purchasing a NOAA All Hazards Radio.  This special purpose radio can be preset to activate on a county-by-county basis and is an excellent method of receiving audible alerts, especially during the overnight hours.