TOLEDO CHRONICLE - By John Speer Editor Tama County Sheriff Dennis Kucera and Ryan Currens, E-911 / Emergency Management Agency Coordinator, advise persons not signed up for the CodeRED telephone alert system to take advantage and sign up now. A news release from Tama County Emergency Management explains: “Tama County residents are welcome and encouraged to enter their contact information for home, business, and mobile phones so they may be contacted by the system in the event of an emergency. “It is important for city residents and businesses customers to register, especially if they use unlisted numbers, cell phones, or VOIP. Those who do not register their address and phone number may not be notified with CodeRED in the case of an emergency. Registration is confidential, free, and easy.” To register go to the Tama County web page: www.tamacounty.org
In addition, Currens told The Chronicle in an email “Those without a computer can call dispatch at (641) 484 – 6261 and leave their name, address, phone number, phone carrier, and advise if text messages are available. This information will then be electronically entered on the citizen’s behalf by EMA staff.” All county residents except those living in the City of Tama are eligible to take part. The Tama City Council opted out of participation after the first year of service. About CodeRED: From Tama county EMS- Tama County has instituted a rapid emergency notification service called CodeRED. The system distributes emergency messages via telephone to targeted areas or the entire county at a rate of 1,000 calls per minute. CodeRED employs a one-of-a-kind Internet mapping capability for geographic targeting of calls, coupled with a high speed telephone calling system capable of delivering customized pre-recorded emergency messages directly to homes and businesses,andanswering machines. This service can be used in case of fires, chemical spills, evacuations, lock downs, downed power lines, lost individuals, natural disasters, abductions, water system problems, bomb threats, or other emergencies. Calls can be geographically targeted for localized messaging. If widespread, the entire community could be called within 20 to 30 minutes. The system also reports who did not get a call so that they may be contacted by other means.
TO DO INFO:
What:Get local codeRED emergency notifications by phone
To Sign Up:
(641) 484 – 6261 and leave name, address, phone number, phone carrier, and advise if text messages are available
The sign up is free.