Don’t freak out when you hear your phones buzzing unexpectedly this morning, folks. Fortunately for you, this is only a test of the CodeRED system.

All kinds of threats are facing Polk County residents throughout the year – floods, thunderstorms and tornadoes to name a few. As Severe Weather Awareness Week is underway in earnest, County Emergency Management officials are using this morning as a time to test the system.

Today’s focus during Severe Weather Awareness Week on tornado safety comes with a CodeRED Alert System test being conducted countywide starting at 9 a.m.

Remember, this will only be a test.

After the test if you know someone who did not get the test have them visit or text ENROLLPOLK to 99411 to enroll or update their information. Anyone who have not enrolled it is easy and FREE! Just text ENROLLPOLK to 99411 or visit to enroll on a computer.

From the rest of the release from Polk County EMA on Severe Weather Awareness Week:

Floods, thunderstorms, tornadoes and other severe weather events can occur suddenly in Polk County.

That is why the Polk County Emergency Management Agency, in partnership with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, encourages all residents to participate in Severe Weather Preparedness Week, February 6 –10.

Participation helps us to learn and know how to prepare for the possibility of inclement weather.

“Now is a great time to participate in the Severe Weather Preparedness Week. This way, we can start planning ahead of time for weather emergencies,” said Bobby Dockery, Director of Polk County Emergency Management Agency. “This weeklong event ensures you and your family will learn what steps need to be taken to ensure your safety.”

The following days will focus on a different threat and methods of preparation. Listed below are the topics for each day.

Monday, Feb. 7 – Family Preparedness/NOAA Weather Radio Day

Tuesday, Feb. 8 – Thunderstorm Safety

Wednesday, Feb. 9 – Tornado Safety and CodeRed Test

Thursday, Feb. 10 – Lightning Safety

Friday, Feb. 11 – Flood Safety

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