County goes to CodeRED

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Socorro County has contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification solution.

According to a news release issued by the county emergency management office Aug. 23, the CodeRED system provides local officials the ability to quickly deliver emergency messages to residents in targeted areas or the entire county, city of Socorro or village of Magdalena.

Fred Hollis, county fire marshal and emergency manager, 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," Hollis stated in the release.

One reason the CodeRED system was selected is that individuals and businesses can 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," Hollis stated, urging everyone in the county to visit Socorro County's website at www.socorrocounty.net and follow the link to the "CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment" page.

Anyone without Internet access may call the Socorro County Fire and Emergency Service office at 575-835-2029 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to supply their information over the phone. Information required 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.

The release states 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 who use a cellphone 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," Hollis explained in the release. "The system works for cellphones too, but we need to have an associated street address to provide relevant messages."

CodeRED provides an easy and secure method for inputting information, updating information and opting out, Hollis said. It also allows people to control the information entered into the system. Data collected will only be used for emergency notification purposes and advisories.

Hollis invites everyone to stop by the Socorro Fire and Emergency Service booth in Kelly Hall at the Socorro County Fair for more information on CodeRED or to register to receive CodeRED notifications.

Emergency Communications Network Inc. provides notification services capable of reaching millions in minutes. ECN's network supports CodeRED, enabling local governments to communicate time-sensitive, personalized messages via voice, email and text messages.

Call the Socorro County Fire and Emergency Service office at 575-835-2029 with any questions.