- Emergency Management
- Emergency Alerts
The CodeRED system is used to send emergency notifications, from evacuation notices to missing child alerts. Residents and businesses located within Wichita Falls are encouraged to sign up for CodeRED to be sure they receive timely emergency notifications and other important information and instructions when alerts are issued. This is our way of notifying you in an emergency situation.
When you enroll in the CodeRED system, alerts are issued to you by your geographical location. Alerts can be sent to your cell phone, landline, by text, and even email. You get to choose! With CodeRED, you get the option of also receiving the CodeRED Weather Warning. These alerts are automatically generated when the National Weather Service issues a warning for your location. This early warning could prove to be life-saving.
The CodeRED alert system is free to all residents. It will only take a few minutes to enjoy a service that may save your life. Please tell all of your friends and family about this invaluable service. If they don’t have computer access, have them contact our office and we will be happy to assist them.
The Wichita Falls outdoor warning system consists of 53 sirens strategically located throughout the city. Sirens are designed to serve as a warning for people outside of their business or residence. If you hear the sirens sound, seek sturdy shelter immediately. Make your way to an interior room, away from windows and exterior walls, and turn on a radio or television to a local station for more information.
The City of Wichita Falls Outdoor Warning System activation criteria:
- The National Weather Service issues a Wichita Falls area Tornado Warning.
- Trained storm spotters have reported a tornado with the potential to affect the City of Wichita Falls.
When you hear my siren cry, time to rush inside:
Monthly Siren Testing
- Audible testing is necessary to ensure the proper operation of the entire system.
- Tested the first Monday of every month at noon.
- Regular monthly audible tests will include approximately 70 seconds of audible siren sound.
- Rare 3-minute system tests are necessary to ensure the system will make the full cycle and that all mechanical components will function/provide outdoor notification when necessary.
- NOTE: In case of inclement weather, the siren test will be canceled in an effort to avoid confusion between the test and an actual event. Notification of this cancellation will be posted on this page as soon as possible once the determination is made to cancel the test.
NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts, and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Working with the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) Emergency Alert System, NWR is an "All Hazards" radio network, making it your single source for comprehensive weather and emergency information. In conjunction with Federal, State, and Local Emergency Managers and other public officials, NWR also broadcasts warning and post-event information for all types of hazards – including natural (such as earthquakes or avalanches), environmental (such as chemical releases or oil spills), and public safety (such as AMBER alerts or 911 Telephone outages).
Where to Buy One
NWS staff produces Weather Radio broadcasts. NWS neither manufactures nor sells receivers. You can buy receivers at many retail outlets such as electronics, department, sporting goods, and boat and marine accessory stores and their catalogs as well as online.