Three Rivers Planning and Development District, in partnership with Calhoun, Chickasaw, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc and Union counties’ Boards of Supervisors, has received a 2012 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for the implementation of the CodeRed Weather Alert System.
CodeRED Weather Alert is an automated severe weather alert system that notifies citizens in Calhoun, Chickasaw, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc and Union counties. It is available 24/7, 365 days a year, and it automatically sends telephone messages to citizens in the path of severe weather. Based on the National Weather Service’s polygon methodology, only citizens in the path of projected weather are contacted, warning those most at risk first and reducing false alarms. Citizens in these counties may sign up for the service by visiting www.trpdd.com, choosing the “CodeRED” tab, then selecting the appropriate county.
Three Rivers implemented the program in January, and more than 30,000 phone numbers in Northeast Mississippi are enrolled for the service.
“As always, it is the partnership between local and county governments and Three Rivers Planning and Development District that allows such programs as CodeRED to be implemented and successful,” said TRPDD Executive Director Randy Kelley. “In this case the county pays for half the fee of the service while TRPDD pays the remainder. The deadly Smithville tornado of 2011 remains a grim reminder to many of us of why we need to be aware of severe weather, and the small price we pay for CodeRED service gives us the best early warning system we can receive.”
Started in 1986, the annual NADO Innovation awards program acknowledges creative approaches to regional community and economic development throughout the nation. This year, 63 projects from 22 states were recognized for their achievement in a variety of program areas.
Three Rivers Planning and Development District, Inc., (TRPDD) promotes, administers and interprets programs that fall under the jurisdiction of various state and federal agencies. Headquartered in Pontotoc, the agency is a private, non-profit organization formed in 1971 by local government entities and business leaders to promote overall economic development, foster responsible short- and long-term community planning, and to aid general civic, social and economic development. TRPDD’s service area includes Calhoun, Chickasaw, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc, and Union counties, although services can reach beyond these.