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County to test its CodeRed Emergency Notification System Nov. 13

BOONE—The Watauga County Department of Communications & Emergency Services will conduct a county-wide test of its CodeRED Emergency Notification System on Thursday, Nov. 13.

Testing will begin in the afternoon and will continue until the entire database has been contacted. The purpose is to allow Watauga County Emergency Services personnel to test the system in an event of a community or county-wide emergency.

Recipients should receive an informational message including instructions on how to add additional contact information.

Jeff Virginia, the Watauga County Communications & Emergency Services director, recommends that all individuals and businesses take the time to visit the websites listed below and add contact information to include cellular phones and other non-traditional phones as well as email and text addresses. If your contact information is incorrect or not in the database, you will not receive a call when an emergency message is sent.

In particular, businesses and individuals that have an unlisted phone number, changed their phone number recently, use a cellular phone exclusively or have VoIP phones (such as Vonage) as their primary numbers are encouraged to add or update their contact information.

Virginia urges citizens to log onto the Watauga County website at and and follow the CodeRed link. Town of Blowing Rock residents who reside in Watauga County should visit and look for the CodeRED link.

All information from the Blowing Rock system is included in the Watauga County system. Those without Internet access may call 828-264-4235 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Required information includes a street address (physical address only, no post office boxes) for location purposes and a primary phone number. Additional phone numbers, email and text addresses may also be entered.

Additional information about the CodeRED system is available on the Watauga County website and the Blowing Rock website. Questions should be directed to the Watauga County Fire Marshal/Emergency Management Office at 828-264-4235.