McLeod County has contracted with Emergency Communications Network, LLC to license its CodeRED high-speed notification solution. The CodeRED system provides McLeod County officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire county.
Kevin Mathews, McLeod County Emergency Management 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,” Mathews said, urging all individuals and businesses to log onto the McLeod County website at WWW.CO.MCLEOD.MN.US. Click on the ‘Code Red Sign Up’ in the Notices box on the upper right corner of the webpage. That will take you to the “CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment” page. Those without Internet access may call Kevin Mathews at 320-864-1339 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,” Mathews explained.
CodeRED gives those who want to be included an easy and secure method for inputting information. The data collected will be used mainly for emergency notification purposes, but can also be used for general notifications. Questions should be directed to the McLeod County Emergency Management Office at 320-864-1339.