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CodeRED In Mills County

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Warning Service Will Advise Residents of Severe Weather

A new technology will allow Mills County residents to receive immediate severe weather warnings and other important messages from emergency management officials via their telephone.

Mills County recently updated its account with Emergency Communications Network, providers of the CodeRED high-speed notification and weather warning service. This no-charge update will allow message recipients to easily identify calls coming through the systems. The message recipient’s Caller ID will read Emergency Communications Network or 866-419-5000 for CodeRED calls. For CodeRED weather warning calls, either Emergency Communications Network or the number 800-566-9780 will appear on Caller ID displays.

“Residents can simply dial the number displayed on their Caller ID to hear the last message delivered,” said Larry Hurst, Mills County Emergency Management Director. “This will greatly reduce the number of inbound inquiries handled by our office and will offer residents an immediate replay of the message.”

Hurst said the CodeRED system provides Mills County officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire county. Mills County residents that are not sure if they’re included in the database should log onto the Mills County website, www.millscoia.us and follow the link to the “CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment” page.

Hurst recommends that all businesses register for the service, 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. Persons without Internet access may pick up an enrollment form from their local city clerk or the Mills County Emergency Manage-ment office in the lower level of the Mills County Court-house.

CodeRED Weather Warning is an opt-in only weather warning product that taps into the National Weather Service’s storm-based warnings.

Hurst said the warning system automatically alerts affected citizens in the path of severe weather just moments after a warning has been issued by the National Weather Service. It also communicates time-sensitive, personalized messages via voice, email and text messaging.

CheckUp Call is a service for checking on at-risk individuals, including the elderly, infirm and latchkey kids; and CodeED is for use by school systems to improve communications with their communities. For additional information, contact Hurst at 527-3643 or lhurst@millsctyema.org.