cne.jpgThe CodeRED system provides city officials with the ability to provide pre-recorded emergency telephone notification/information messages to targeted areas or the entire city.

 Jasper County Emergency Management Agency has added a “reverse 9-1-1” system for use during emergencies to the county’s emergency management plan. Called CodeRED, this automated notification system will allow city and county officials to send pre-recorded emergency notification/information voice messages to residents and businesses by telephone.  City and county officials will be able to use this system to inform residents of tornado warnings, street closures, floods, snow emergencies, missing children, boil water notices, pandemic notifications, gas leaks, utility outages and many more types of notifications.

While any phone numbers listed in the white pages should already be included in the database; residents and businesses located within the city limits are encouraged to sign up for CodeRED to be sure they receive timely emergency notifications when alerts are issued.  The system will automatically drop any duplications.  The following individuals are encouraged to add their information to the database.

o All businesses
o Residents with unlisted phone numbers
o Residents who have changed their phone number or address within the last year
o Residents who use a cellular phone as their primary phone
o Residents who have recently moved, but kept the same listed or unlisted phone number
o Residents who wish to receive text and/or email messages in addition to telephone calls
o Residents who receive their phone service over the internet

CodeRED is a geographically-based notification system, which means street addresses are needed to select which phone numbers will receive emergency notification calls in a specific emergency.  An associated street address is needed for cell phone numbers.

While the system works well for most phones, the use of special downloaded ringtones on cell phones, as well as automated telephone systems that require the caller to press a key will prevent an emergency call from reaching that phone.  If voicemail or an answering machine picks up the call the system will leave a message.  Caller ID will provide a phone number that you can call back to have the message repeated.

Required information includes first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code, primary phone number, and any additional phone numbers.  Residents and businesses may also choose to receive text or email messages about emergencies, in addition to telephone calls.

CodeRED gives those who want to be included an easy and secure method for doing so, and the information will only be used for emergency notification purposes.  Residents and businesses may also opt out of the system entirely if they so choose.  To add your information, follow the link to the “CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment” page.