Horry County has made a deal with CodeRED Emergency Notification System to alert residents via phone when an emergency is in their area
Through CodeRED county officials can deliver pre-recorded messages to targeted emergency areas.
The system can make up to 60,000 calls per hour. You can also enter email addresses and cell phone numbers, and the emergency notifications can be broadcast by phone, text, or email.
Officials used the system for the first time during an incident Saturday night when shots were fired at a Highway Patrolman who tried to pull a car near Highway 22 and Rt. 319.
Emergency officials say the suspect ran into the woods and within minutes a message was sent out to more than 550 people that a manhunt was underway.
Resident Jake Larrimore was one of those residents who received it.
"It came on me and my wife's iPhone's, letting us know that there was a chase in the area and that it was off of 319. They closed part of 22 and that shots had been fired," he explained.
To make sure you get these emergency warnings, officials ask that you log onto Horry County's website and follow the link to the CodeRED Residential and Business Data Collection.
Your contact information will remain private and will only be used for emergency notifications.
Those without internet access may call the Horry County Public Information Office at (843) 915-5390, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To learn more about more CodeRED features, click here.