☀☀☀ CodeRED sends subscribers safety messages based on the geography of their choice. Public safety officials must initiate the alerts, which can range from warnings about escaped inmates to “boil water” notifications. The problem: if the public safety officials don’t use this app then you won’t get the information you need. There is a small subscription fee for enhanced service, such as weather warnings. If their local officials used it, it would be the quickest way for journalists to get official safety reports. —Gregory Walsh

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