KNOX COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — When emergencies or disasters strike, people want to be prepared.

That’s why a local county is getting the word out about a program available to its citizens. The new program is called CodeRED. It’s a rapid emergency notification service that Knox County EMA is using.

Knox County EMA Director John Streeter said that roughly a third of Knox County’s population has signed up for it. They can receive text messages, phone calls, and e-mails in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Issues it can be used for range from situations like chemical spills to evacuations to severe weather.

It’s only for Knox County residents and they can sign up online by visiting the Knox County website.