County, city contract with CodeRED

From Press Reports

Webster County and the city of Eupora have contracted with Emergency Communications Network LLC to license its CodeRED high-speed notification solution.

The CodeRED system provides officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire county. The county and city contracted with ECN in September.

Barry Rushing, county emergency management agency director, cautioned that such systems are only as good as the telephone number database supporting them. “If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called.”

One of the reasons the CodeRED system was selected is it gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their own phone numbers directly into the system’s database, which is an extremely important feature.

“No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included,” Rushing said, urging all individuals and businesses to log onto the website mywebstercounty.com and follow the link to the “CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment” page.

Those without Internet access may call the 911 Customer Service Center (263-4815), Monday through Friday, (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) to supply 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 can be entered as well.

All businesses should register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year, and those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number.

“CodeRED allows geographically based delivery, which means street addresses are required to ensure emergency notification calls are received by the proper individuals in a given situation. The system works for cell phones too, but we need to have an associated street address to provide relevant messages,” Rushing explained.

CodeRED gives those who want to be included an easy and secure method for inputting information. The data collected will only be used for emergency notification purposes. Questions should be directed to Rushing.