Georgetown pushing locals to join CodeRED system for emergencies

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WCIV) -- Georgetown officials are now pushing for a new emergency database system after dozens of residents were not warned of a boil advisory.

"A lot of people don't have land lines any longer," said Cindy Grace, emergency management coordinator for Georgetown County. "They have cellphones and in our database we have now, there are no cellphones included it's just land line numbers. So, we know we're not reaching everyone we need to."

Last year, the county introduced a program called CodeRED. It allows officials to call, text or email folks to inform them of an emergency.

"If there has been a leak of some chemical, we want to be able to call people and say 'We've got this issue, please do not enter the area. The roads are blocked' or something like that," said Grace.

However, Grace says not everyone within Georgetown County limits has signed up for the program. That's why Georgetown city officials are pushing homeowners to opt in.

"This is a life or death situation sometimes. We want to protect our citizens," Grace said. "You input your name, your address and I'm not sure how many phone numbers you can put in but I know you can put in at least two."

Unfortunately, Grace says there's no guarantee every single person in the county will get alerts.

"If they don't have an answering machine, for example, and they are not home and they don't have texting or they don't have an email, then it's not going to leave that message," said Grace.

Still, Grace says the more people who get involved, the safer Georgetown's community will be.

To sign up for CodeRED, ?click here?. If you do not have Internet access, you can call 545-3273 and a person will help you sign up over the phone.