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CodeRED Notification Service
Sunday, 25 May 2008 02:11

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Millard County Sheriff’s Office has contracted with Emergency Communications Network, Inc., of Ormond Beach, Florida, for its "CodeRED" high-speed telephone emergency notification services. The CodeRED system gives the Sheriff’s Office the ability to deliver pre-recorded emergency telephone notification/information messages to targeted areas or the entire county at a rate of up to 60,000 calls per hour. The CodeRED system was chosen after examining several other similar systems. The notification system could prove invaluable as a notification tool for such incidents as natural hazard or hazardous material evacuations, missing children, or other circumstances requiring timely notification in a given geographical area.

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Sheriff Dekker cautioned that such systems are only as good as the telephone database supporting them. "If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called". The CodeRED system not only offers faster calling rates and improved message delivery, it gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their own phone numbers directly to the system's telephone database. Dekker emphasized that this is an extremely important feature.

To ensure no one is omitted, Dekker urges all individuals and businesses to log onto the Sheriff’s Office website, www.millardsheriff.org, and follow the link to the "CodeRED Residential and Business Data Collection" page. Those without Internet access may call the Sheriff’s Office 435-743-5302 or 435-864-2755, Monday through Friday (8AM-5PM), to give their information over the phone. Required information includes first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code, and primary phone number, additional phone numbers (optional). If you want your business to also receive notifications, please register that number also.

No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included, Dekker said. All businesses should register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the last year, and who use a cellular phone as their primary home phone.

Dekker explained that the "CodeRED system is a geographical based notification system, which means street addresses are needed to select which phone numbers will receive emergency notification calls in any given situation. The system works fine for cell phones too, but we have to have a street address". People who have recently moved but kept the same listed or unlisted phone number also need to change their address in the database.

Dekker stated,  "CodeRED gives those who want to be included an easy and secure method for doing so.  The information will only be used for emergency notification purposes". If for some reason a resident never wants to be notified of potential safety concerns in their neighborhood using CodeRED, that resident will need to notify the Sheriff’s Office to be placed on a do not call list.   Questions should be directed to the Millard County Sheriff’s Office 435-743-5302 or 435-864-2755.

 

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