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Cities and counties use variety of ways to communicate emergency info

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NEW BERN, N.C. -

From wildfires to hurricanes, if it's an emergency affecting your area, you want to know about it as soon as possible.

Following the deadly tornadoes in Texas, 9 On Your Side wanted to know how your emergency services personnel notify you of emergencies.

They have several ways, including a reverse 911 system, in several counties in the east, called Code Red.

It's where your city or county calls to let you know about severe weather, gas leaks, or other emergencies.

You can often find out about emergencies through the Facebook and Twitter pages of your county or city, and from TV alerts through the Emergency Broadcast System in Raleigh.

"We also have our local government access channel, which is City 3 TV. We've used that during past hurricanes where we've broke into our coverage and done live updates with emergency notifications," said Colleen Roberts, New Bern city spokesperson.

The last time the city of New Bern used code red was on May 1, when they alerted folks on Glenburnie Road to boil their water for 24 hours during a water system repair, said Roberts.

To sign up for Code Red, go to the city of New Bern's website at http://www.newbern-nc.org/. Click on the image that says "Code Red Weather Warning" on the right side of the page underneath where it says "Citizen Action Center."

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