Washington city staff will expand its use of the CodeRED notifications to better inform residents of changes to city services.

City Administrator Darren Lamb suggested that residents check if they are signed up to receive emergency notification, but also sign up for general notifications.

During Monday’s council meeting, Lamb said the plan to expand CodeRED first was discussed due to changes in the city trash schedule. He explained that at the beginning of the year residents are provided with a trash schedule.

He said oftentimes people need a reminder of that schedule.

“It is an alternative way of getting the word out to our folks,” he said.

Typically CodeRED notifies residents through a phone call of severe weather.

Lamb noted that Code-RED also could be used to inform residents about upcoming construction in their area. For example, during next year’s Bluff Road project residents could be notified of closures and detours.

In the past it has been used during a boil order and following a rash of car break-ins.

“We are not going to overwhelm anyone but we do want to communicate basic services to the general public,” Lamb said.

To sign up for CodeRED, or add general notifications, people may go to the city’s website — — click on the CodeRED icon at the bottom of the page and enter information in the required fields.

Residents also may call the public safety nonemergency number at 636-390-1050 to see if they are signed up or for assistance.