The City of Green River has contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification solution to help keep Green River residents informed of emergency conditions that may impact them and their families. The CodeRED system provides officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire City of Green River.
Marty Black, Green River City Administrator, 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, and this is an extremely important feature. “We are initially using the numbers from the Joint Dispatch Center E911 database, but we know that many of our residents prefer a call or text to their mobile number,” Black said. Residents and business owners will have the option to enter up to two different numbers and select their preferences for notification.
An “all-number” test will be run in the near future to allow the City to test the system and its response capabilities. Residents and businesses will receive a call announcing the test and may also select to have their number tested by enrolling through the City’s website. Simply follow the CodeRED link on the home page.
“No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included,” Black said, urging all individuals and businesses to log onto the Green River website, www.cityofgreenriver.org, and follow the link to the "CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment" page. Those without Internet access may call the Green River Fire Department at 872-0543, Monday through Friday, (8AM-5PM) 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 those individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year, or who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number. The City will be scheduling an information demonstration, verification and sign-up at upcoming community events, the Senior Center and other locations to help residents and to respond to questions.
Black further explained, "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."
Black stated, "CodeRED gives those who choose to be included an easy and secure method for inputting their information. The data collected will only be used for emergency notification purposes." Individuals will also have the ability to opt out of the system should they choose, but once removed from the database; an individual will need to re-register to receive any emergency notifications directly from the City. Questions should be directed to the Green River Fire Department, (307) 872-0543.