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DeKalb launches high-tech alerts

Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

DeKALB – The city of DeKalb has implemented the CodeRED system as a way to alert residents in case of emergency.

CodeRED is a high-speed emergency notification service provided by Florida-based Emergency Communications Network.

The CodeRED system will serve as the backbone of the city’s emergency planning and communications outreach. The system can send text messages, emails and social media notifications to inform residents of threats to life or property.

CodeRED was selected for its reliability, accuracy, and global use. It is an upgrade from the city’s old system, which was slower and could only make phone calls.

“CodeRED’s robust system will provide city officials with a reliable, easy-to-use interface to quickly disseminate critical information to our citizens during emergencies. We are very eager to use this technology to enhance our emergency preparedness plans,” Fire Chief Eric Hicks said.

The city anticipates using the system to notify residents in specific geographic locations of weather alerts, tornadoes, fires, floods, and drinking water emergencies.

“The ability for us to quickly notify members of our community when a child is missing or when a criminal is actively being sought in a particular area is invaluable,” Police Chief Gene Lowery said. “CodeRED will make this possible.”

The city has an initial database of residential and business telephone numbers, however, all residents living within the DeKalb City limits are encouraged to visit www.cityofdekalb.com and click on the CodeRED logo to enter additional contact information, including cell phone numbers, text and email addresses.

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