Oceana, Mason counties implement CodeRED alert system.

March 26, 2019

Oceana, Mason counties implement CodeRED alert system.

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HART – Following a thorough evaluation of alerting systems, Oceana and Mason counties have implemented CodeRED, a high-speed emergency mass notification service.

Thanks to a donation from the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant, the CodeRED system will serve as the primary emergency public warning system to both citizens and visitors. The system sends telephone calls, text messages, emails and posts to social media channels to inform residents to better protect life and property. CodeRED was selected for its reliability and accuracy, as well as the system’s widespread use throughout West Michigan.

“CodeRED’s robust notification system will provide county officials with a reliable, easy-to-use interface to quickly deliver critical information to our citizens and visitors during emergencies. We are eager to use this innovative technology to enhance our emergency preparedness plans,” said Mason County Emergency Management Coordinator Elizabeth Reimink. “We anticipate using the system to notify residents of emergency road closures, floods, drinking water emergencies, and missing children notices.”

CodeRED is provided by OnSolve, LLC, based in Ormond Beach, Florida. OnSolve has provided Mason and Oceana counties an initial database of residential and business telephone numbers. However, no one should assume they are automatically in the emergency contact database.

All residents living within the two counties are encouraged to visit their county’s emergency management web page and click on the CodeRED logo to enroll their contact information including cell phone numbers, text and email addresses. Oceana County residents should go to Oceana County Emergency Management’s site: https://oceana.mi.us/government/departments/emergency-management/codered-community-notification-enrollment.
Mason County residents should go to Mason County Emergency Management’s site: http://www.masoncounty.net/departments/emergency-management.

Public safety officials across the United States have credited CodeRED notifications for successfully locating missing children, apprehending wanted criminals and issuing timely evacuations. In order to test local phone infrastructure and validate database information, OnSolve will conduct a test notification Wednesday April 3. This call will be postponed if there is severe weather or an emergency occurring on the scheduled date and time.

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