Severe Weather and Code Red Reminders

When severe weather strikes, many residents in Wright County are relying on the Code Red emergency notification system to warn them of approaching severe weather.

Wright County Emergency Management Coordinator Jim Lester reminds residents the Code Red system is based on the resident’s physical address and the polygon shaped warning boxes issued by the National Weather Service. “If a resident’s address does not fall within the warning box, they will not receive the warning call,” explained Lester. “It’s important during severe weather that everyone monitor the weather in their location and take the necessary precautions to stay safe.”

Lester also reminds residents that the outdoor tornado warning sirens for each of the jurisdictions in Wright County are activated by dispatch whenever that jurisdiction is included in a Tornado Warning issued by the National Weather Service or whenever law enforcement from that jurisdiction requests the siren be activated.

Residents are also reminded that the outdoor sirens are not designed to be heard from inside one’s home, but rather to alert those who are outside to go inside, seek shelter and listen to local media for weather related updates. There is no all clear siren.

Lester says if residents aren’t sure if they are registered for the Code Red system they may update their information at any time by following the Code Red link located on the Wright County website –

Those without internet access may pick up a registration form at their local City Hall or any of the Code Red partners.

Code Red in Wright County is provided as a public service by the following agencies: Wright County Emergency Management, Wright County Sheriff, Wright County Communications/ 911, Wright County Public Health, Iowa Specialty Hospital – Belmond and Iowa Specialty Hospital – Clarion.

Questions about the Code Red system can be directed to the Wright County Emergency Management office at 515-602-6821.