Douglas County Helps Tornado Researchers


Douglas County has been chosen to participate in a new University of Missouri-Columbia research study regarding emergency tornado notification. On November 17, 2013, the National Weather Service in Lincoln reported an EF-3 tornado, with peak winds of 140 miles per hour, tore a fifteen-mile path through Douglas County. The survey will help researchers learn how residents and businesses in Douglas County were notified of the tornado threat and what they did with the information in order to understand how people receive and react to emergency information.

The survey will be open February 3, 2014 through February 17, 2014. Anyone who lived in Douglas County in November 2013 and were 18 years or older are asked to participate in the survey. The survey can be taken online by visiting the Douglas County web site at and click on CodeRED logo. Those who would rather complete the survey over the phone can call toll-free at 800-430-1299.

The results of the survey will be shared with Douglas County Emergency Management in an effort to improve emergency communication initiatives and outreach. Douglas County has been using the CodeRED Emergency Notification System since September 2008 in order to provide automated warnings of impending severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, flash floods, and county-wide or neighborhood specific emergency alerts. To register for future notifications, visit and click on the CodeRED logo to submit information into the emergency database. The information will only be used for Douglas County related emergency alerts.

Lauren Rainson

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