It feels strange when you're shopping at a Walmart in Wisconsin and hear a random color announced over the intercom and don't know what it means. Those colors are important and mean something awful is happening.

Those announcements with color codes aren't just employees speaking code to each other. 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.

  • Customer service needs
  • General announcements (cleanups)
  • Sales and discounts
  • Emergency alerts
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When you're shopping you'll here four different types of codes get announced over Wisconsin 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.

Code Brown

Unfortunately, in this day and age, every public place is susceptible to danger.  And in Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin 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.

You want to on the lookout for yourself, your family, and your surroundings with both your eyes and what you hear. This is our reality and while it may be sad, we need to be realistic.

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