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***Stay informed and safe when there is an emergency. Receive critical notifications via voice, email and text. Sign up today for weather alerts by clicking this link.***

The National Weather Service (NWS) is an agency of the United States Federal Government that is tasked with providing weather forecasts, warnings of hazardous weather, and other weather- related products to organizations and the public for the purposes of protection, safety, and general information.
National Weather Service

Get access to most recent road conditions, load restrictions, work zones, weather cameras, width/height restrictions and weather radar with the link below.
North Dakota Road Conditions

 ***In the event of an actual weather emergency, DO NOT CALL 911. Local radio stations and the Midcontinent Cable TV system are both linked directly to the EAS system (Emergency Alert System) - and you will be given any additional safety instructions through those media outlets.***


What is CodeRED and what is it used for?

CodeRED is a web-based critical communication solution that enables local public safety personnel to notify residents and businesses by telephone, text message, email, and social media of time-sensitive information, emergencies, or urgent notifications. The system can reach hundreds of thousands of individuals in minutes to ensure information such as evacuation notices, missing persons, inclement weather advisories, and more are quickly shared. Only authorized officials have access to send using the CodeRED system.


When will CodeRED be used?

Any message regarding the safety of our residents and community will be disseminated using CodeRED. The opt-in service will automatically notify those registered of tornado, flash flood, and severe thunderstorm warnings just moments after an alert has been issued by The National Weather Service (NWS). This is a community alert system to ensure you remain informed of important information. Individuals are encouraged to enter both a cell phone number and email address as well as to select the types of weather warnings they wish to receive.


Is there a cost to register for CodeRED?

No, registering for CodeRED phone calls, text messages, and emails are free.


How will I know when CodeRED is calling?

A CodeRED message will have the caller ID # 866-419-5000 for emergencies and caller ID # 855-969-4636 for non-emergencies. We suggest you program these numbers into you cell phone as a "new contact" and use "CodeRED" as the contact name. If you need to replay the message received, you can dial this number and listen to the message again in its entirety. 


Why is CodeRED important to me?

CodeRED is an important tool to help keep you informed and prepared for any emergencies that may occur in our area. Officials will send messages to alert you of emergency details, instructions, or precautions that you need in order to make well-informed decisions and remain safe. CodeRED allows geographically based delivery, which means street addresses are required to ensure emergency notification calls are received by the proper individuals in a given situation. The system works for cell phones too, but an associated street address is required to provide relevant messages. The system's advanced technology is designed to quickly notify residents in the direct path of projected weather as issued by the National Weather Service, to help eliminate false alarms.


How do I sign up?

No one should assume his or her phone number is in the database. All individuals and businesses should register and update their information, especially when changes have been made; such as a new or an unlisted phone number, changing an address, or using a cellular phone or VoIP phone as a primary number. All individuals and businesses should follow this link to sign up at "CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment" page. 

 

 

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Use this link to sign up for Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) through the NOAA website.

 

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Early Warning Siren System: 

Sirens are outdoor warning devices activated in the event of severe weather, such as a tornado warning issued by the National Weather Service or other emergency weather situation, as well as other civil emergencies. Monitor your local radio and television stations for current emergency information or use a NOAA weather radio to keep up to date on developing situations.

The Grand Forks city sirens are tested on the first Wednesday of each month throughout the year. The sirens will sound at 1:00 p.m. throughout the city to make sure all are working properly.