How did you know a tornado was approaching?: May We Ask Your Opinion?

With the tornadoes that occurred on Saturday, April 29, some Rains County residents suffered critical injuries and devastating property loss. Unfortunately, 38-year-old Jimmy Long died while in Canton but there were no fatalities of the people in Rains County when the tornadoes passed through. After any emergency situation, it is imperative that everyone involved with helping lead efforts review their response and review what worked and what did not. The Rains County Leader wants to know how you were notified there was a tornado approaching and should take cover? Dallas news on TV? Tyler news on TV? A certain radio station? A friend or family member called you? The county’s Code Red notification system by email and/or text? A certain Facebook page? Comment with that information and other ideas you have regarding how to get the word out that a danger is approaching the county!

17 Comments on "How did you know a tornado was approaching?: May We Ask Your Opinion?"

  1. Vicki Carroll | May 2, 2017 at 2:22 pm | Reply

    How can I be linked to this? The county’s Code Red notification system by email and/or text. I would really like a text message to alert us of local emergency situations!

  2. Lauren Withrow | May 2, 2017 at 2:25 pm | Reply

    To register with CODE RED, visit the Rains County website,, and scroll to the bottom of the page. You will see where it says “Code Red.” Click on the link right underneath that and a form will come up. Put in your information, set your preferences and submit your information!

  3. Once moving to the rural community of Yantis and living on Lake Fork I depend on TWC, my Weather Alert App, WeatherBug app, and my NOAA weather radio. I have now registered for the Wood Co. Code Red.
    In addition I have a Family Safe safe room installed in my home.

  4. Family members contacted me and told me. I’m now signing up for code red system.

  5. Lisa Hilbers | May 3, 2017 at 1:07 pm | Reply

    Lisa Tackett Hilbers: Besides that built in sudden sense of urgency I have, Mark Scirto from KLTV kept telling me to take cover. Not only that, I have extremely good friends that were sending me moment by moment updates.

  6. Blake Cooper | May 3, 2017 at 4:27 pm | Reply

    Amateur “ham” radio through national weather service fort Worth over the north central Texas connection.

  7. Amber Ladymon | May 3, 2017 at 4:56 pm | Reply

    I am signed up for the Code Red alerts and it came in handy Saturday. I was getting calls, texts and steadily checking Facebook. If you haven’t signed up for the Code Red yet, please do.

  8. Rebecca Jenkins | May 3, 2017 at 5:03 pm | Reply

    I received Code Red Alerts, Lauren Withrow, family that was watching it on the news and the guys at the shelter with radios stayed in contact with the police and fire station.

  9. Linda Wallace | May 3, 2017 at 5:10 pm | Reply

    Rains County Code Red and KLTV, Mark Scirto on my IPHONE.

  10. Jason Veal | May 3, 2017 at 6:22 pm | Reply

    Fox 4 News, and live streamed Evan Andrews from Fox 4. He stayed online the whole night streaming updates, and tracking the storm. Also had the Fox 4 Weather App up on phone with the radar tracking.

  11. Candice Tadlock Shreves | May 3, 2017 at 7:22 pm | Reply

    Code Red Alerts from Mr. Jon Wedeking!!!! I get them by text, call, & email!!! Thank you “my hero” for all the hard work and dedication you have for our community!!! Jon is My hero due to him being the medic that took care of me when I was involved in a car wreck 16 yrs ago on RCR 3330. He holds a special place in my ❤

  12. Janet Sneed | May 3, 2017 at 8:28 pm | Reply

    Code red, texts from daughters and kltv Mark Scruto on my phone

  13. KLTV live stream on my phone. No electricity so phone was only way. Also weather bug app. Also had people calling and texting from other places with electricity telling me what was happening.

  14. Mandy Ausmus | May 3, 2017 at 9:50 pm | Reply

    We were watching Scirto on 7, watching the skies HOWEVER when the cows in the back pasture RAN for tree cover and our rain loving chickens headed for the coop….. We knew something was coming! Lol! Seriously though Mark scirto and kltv 7.

  15. Carlene Altom | May 4, 2017 at 4:36 am | Reply

    Alerts on our cell phone. No extra app downloaded.

  16. Pam Bowden | May 8, 2017 at 4:57 pm | Reply

    Every phone and computer in the house started going off with code red alerts. We then watched it on our cell phones while in the closet. Thank you Rains County for the Emergency Management Group!

  17. Channel 11, Code Red, and a weather app on my cell phone. Most accurately,our crazy dog, Pickles, that always acts crazy before the storm.

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