Emergency Management Questions
The City of Abilene Office of Emergency Management works with the Skywarn team and the National Weather Service to gather information and warn our area during a severe weather event.
Citizens may opt-in (register) at no cost with CodeRED to be notified of Severe Thunderstorm, Flash Flood or Tornado warnings for their area by visiting https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/5B6524CD675E and clicking on CodeRED Severe Weather Alerts.
Citizens should purchase a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) All Warning Radio. These radios cost around $45.00 to $55.00, and are available at local electronic stores and United Supermarkets.
Visit https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/5B6524CD675E and follow the instructions. This is the quickest and easiest way to sign up, because the information you supply will immediately update the City of Abilene and Taylor County CodeRED telephone number databases.
211 Texas a Call for Help (325) 673-8211 or 211 will also be able to assist you 24/7.
If you do not have access to the Internet, call (325) 676-6525 during regular business hours and a member of the City staff will help you.
We strongly encourage you to sign up for CodeRED. After all, you are the most reliable source of information about how to reach your household by phone.
Because the City of Abilene and Taylor County want to reach everyone affected by an emergency whether or not they have signed up for CodeRED, two telephone number databases have already been loaded into the system:
- One is the emergency 911 database that all public safety agencies in Taylor County use whenever someone dials 911.
- The other is a database prepared by the company that supplies CodeRED service to Abilene and Taylor County.
Both databases are updated regularly.
If you have recently moved to Taylor County you should definitely sign up for CodeRED service. If you have relocated within Taylor County or changed your telephone number you should update the information already provided. Any new information you supply will automatically replace old information. When CodeRED is activated we target specific areas. If you have moved to a different location within Taylor County without re-registering, you may receive a notification about a situation for your former residence and may not receive a notification for something that pertains to your current address. It is therefore important that we have the most up to date addresses for citizens.
Yes. The City of Abilene and Taylor County respect your privacy. If you do not want to receive emergency calls, please notify the City of Abilene Emergency Planning at 555 Walnut Street, Abilene TX 79601, preferably in writing, or by calling (325) 676-6683.
We do, however, strongly advise you to reconsider. CodeRED is designed to provide you with fast, accurate emergency information directly from the City officials whose job is to help protect you and your family.
Yes. Visit https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/5B6524CD675E and follow the directions to register. When the Residential Data Collection Form appears, click on the button labeled "Business" and fill in the required information.
Please note that emergency calls can only be delivered to a direct dial number. Automated attendants disrupt the process, and calls cannot be delivered.
Yes. CodeRED Weather Warning phone calls will only be made to citizens who have specifically signed up to receive the free notifications. To sign up, visit the City of Abilene home page, click How Do I and click on CodeRED Severe Weather Alerts. There you can select the type(s) of warning notices you wish to receive (Tornado, Severe Thunderstorm or Flash Flood warning) about conditions that are projected to impact the address provided.
It is important to sign up for the service before the threat of bad weather occurs.
No. The alerts provided by this service are focused on emergency and community alerts that specifically impact the City of Abilene and Taylor County.
We do, however, encourage you to check with your city or county government officials. Many use automated telephone notification systems to alert their residents in times of emergency.