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Pender County residents urged to sign up for CodeRed
1/26/2017 4:21:00 PM by dgreen

The Pender County Office of Emergency Management urged residents to sign up for the free weather-alert system, CodeRed.

“With the recent loss of the Winnabow transmitter, Pender County residents will not receive NOAA weather alerts on their weather radios,” said Tom Collins, Pender County Emergency Manager. “We urge our residents to sign up for CodeRed, a free alert system for Pender County.”

Collins said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio transmitter in Winnabow is damaged. He said it was most likely damaged during Hurricane Matthew but the recent winter weather caused the failure.

According to the National Weather Service, repairs could take up to six months or more.

CodeRed is an Emergency Notification System which enables the Pender County Office of Emergency Management to alert citizens to emergency situations via smartphone, text alert, or on a land line.

“Residents can sign-up through our website from your smartphone or computer,” said Collins. “It’s a free service and it takes only minutes to register.”

Collins said he urges residents to sign up today because the Winnabow transmitter will remain out of commission through the remainder of the winter, into spring thunderstorm and tornado weather, and possibly into the 2017 hurricane season.

“The Winnabow transmitting tower serves Pender County, as well as Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, and New Hanover counties,” said Collins. “There is possible damage to the antennae, which is 450-ft. from the ground. The weather service believes there is significant damage to part of the antennae cable, which is 200-ft. below the antennae. It’s not an easy or overnight fix.”

To register, visit the Pender County website at

Pender County Emergency Management is available to assist. Call the Emergency Management office at 910- 259-1210.

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