CLEVELAND, Ohio-- The FOX 8 I-Team has learned Cleveland City Hall is planning to launch a new alert system called Code Red in time for the Republican National Convention.
The alert system would send text and voice messages about city emergencies, road closures and more. Citizens would sign up to receive those messages.
Many school districts and others already use systems like this. But in Cleveland, not until now. Councilman Kevin Conwell has pushed for the technology. He says the system has been used by the city to check on the elderly. Now it will be expanded citywide and used long after the convention, too.
“Reverse 911, the government calling all citizens,” said Conwell. He described it as , “A voice recorded message or a text message. We can reach out to you. Tell you where to go. Do you need to go to a shelter?”
Not clear why the City hadn’t started using Code Red this way before. Councilman Conwell points out, it may have been helpful when local protesters took to Cleveland streets against police.
Dan Ball, a spokesman in the mayor’s office, wrote in an email, “We are internally working out the system and tailoring it to our needs. We hope to launch it citywide in the near future.”
FOX 8 will be following this and provide updates as the city rolls out the system. You can read more on the convention right here.