While shopping at a Walmart in Iowa, it's odd to hear a random color announced over the intercom and not know what it means. Those colors are important and mean something awful is happening.

It may feel like it's employees speaking code to each other or the intercom but it's not. Customers can stay safe and get out of harm's way immediately if they know what they mean.

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Attention Walmart Shoppers

In an effort to keep you and shoppers safe and vigilant, Common Cents Mom created a list of codes used often at Walmart stores.

  • Sales and discounts
  • General announcements (cleanups)
  • Customer service needs
  • Emergency alerts
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While doing your shopping at Walmart you'll hear four different types of codes get announced over Iowa Walmart’s intercoms. These codes include numbers, letters, and a couple of word codes. Out of all of those, it's the colors you need to pay the most attention to as they can mean life-threatening situations.

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Code Brown

Unfortunately, in this day and age, every public place is susceptible to danger.  And in Iowa Walmart stores, they will warn you of that danger by using a color code.

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If you hear "CODE BROWN" in your Iowa Walmart you need to immediately leave as this is the code for an active shooter.

There are other color codes you may hear that will also mean danger in your local Walmart.

  1. Code Black is for severe weather.
  2. Code Red will indicate there is a fire in the store.
  3. Code Green is an active hostage situation.
  4. Code Orange is for a chemical spill.
  5. Code Blue is for a possible bomb threat in the store.

Make sure you're always on the lookout for yourself and your family by checking your surroundings with both your eyes and what you hear. Our reality is unfortunate and while it may be sad, we need to be realistic when in public.

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