Thursday, March 28, 2013
CodeRED signup now available
By SUE WATSON
Marshall Countians can now go online and sign up for CodeRED, which enables them to receive emergency weather warnings or other alerts free over the telephone, by email, or by text message and other devices.
Emergency management coordinator Hugh Hollowell advised the board of supervisors last week on how to sign up oneself, or an elderly relative who does not use a computer, for the free service.
The Marshall County Board of Supervisors approved CodeRED coverage this year.
Hollowell said those who sign up will receive weather warnings in their coverage area if it is under a warning, such as a tornado sighting. When individuals go to the county’s webpage to sign up, they can click on the link and enter two phone numbers at a time, Hollowell said. They can also register their elderly relatives, with their relatives’ permission.
Later as the system is fully implemented, other emergencies will be sent out over the system as well as Amber Alerts, Hollowell said.
A working group, that will determine when there is a need for a notification, will consist of a representative from each of the municipal governments in the county – supervisor Charles Terry, Hollowell, and 911 coordinator Stacey Reed. The planning board will develop guidelines for how to use 50,000 minutes of free coverage the county received when it signed up for the service.
“No one should automatically assume his or her phone is included in the database,” Hollowell said.
“We are urging all individuals and businesses to log onto the Marshall County website, www.marshallcoms.org.”
Once on the website, follow the link to the CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment page (shown in the box on the top left of the home page). Type in the required information. It includes first and last names, street address, city, state, and zip code, primary phone number, and additional phone numbers a person wishes to enter. Post office boxes are not accepted.
All businesses should register, as well as individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, or those who have changed their phone number or address within the last year. Those who use their cell phone or VoIP as their primary telephone number, should enter it.
Hollowell said CodeRED is a geographically-based delivery which means that street addresses are required to ensure rapid emergency notification calls are received. Those who list their cell phones should also provide their physical street or road address in order to receive relevant messages by cell phone.
After signup, expect a test call from the notification service to verify you are registered. The data collected for emergency notification is secure and will be used only for CodeRED emergency notification, he said.
You will know the test call is from CodeRED when the caller ID displays any of the following information:
• 866-419-5000 or Emergency Comm for Emergency Notifications
• 855-969-4636 or ECN Community for Emergency Notifications
• 800-566-9780 or Emergency Comm for CodeRED Weather Warning Alerts
Marshall County has contracted with Emergency Communications Network, LLC, to license its CodeRED high-speed notification solution to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or to the entire county.
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