I have spoken before about the wonderful Code Red service that the City of West University Place offers free to all its residents. Basically, this service is an electronic emergency warning system. The advantage is that each household gets to choose what notification option is best for that family – with modern-day technology options including home phones, cell phones and email accounts.
The Code Red system worked beautifully during the last hurricane, when the city manager delivered regular progress updates on the disaster cleanup.
Today, we saw another use of the Code Red warning system. A driver fled on foot after a routine traffic stop by the West U Police. His passenger, who remained with the vehicle, was arrested on a federal weapons trafficking warrant. West U Police activated the Code Red warning system, describing the fugitive and asking residents to stay indoors. An alert resident recognized the fugitive’s description and called the police, who arrested the man on a warrant from Louisiana.
To subscribe to this very valuable safety service, to www.westu.org, and click on the Code Red button as shown above.
And while we're at it, this would be a good time for me to brag about the response rates of our great West U Police Department!