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Tama residents will soon be able to receive CodeRed alerts. The Tama City Council voted 4-1 Monday night to pay to join the system which activates telephone alerts to anyone who requests them by providing their telephone number. Tama has been the sole holdout in Tama County where all other town and rural residents have been able to receive messages since 2010. Each city is alloted a number of minutes to which they can choose to issue information to residents. Council members agreed a protocol in which designated city officials will be able to authorize an alert will be established. The city’s cost to participate is $1,420 for the fiscal year. Council member Steve Baier voted “no.” He did not explain his vote Monday night. In the past council members have said they believe the city had alternative means to notify residents of emergencies and of other information. To register in Tama County for CodeRed alerts: For those without internet access call: 641-484-3760.



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