SARATOGA COUNTY — This week Saratoga County officials announced a registration drive for the county’s 911 emergency notification system, according to Troy-based Gramercy Communications.
The 911-notification tool is used to deliver incident-specific information and potentially life-saving instructions for those in designated affected areas.
This emergency mass-notification system, also called “CodeRED,” uses precise geofencing information and will only be used during emergencies. Cellular phones and Voice over Internet Phones (VoIP) are not automatically enrolled into the CodeRED system.
Residents and businesses can enroll through the website https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/BF26DE55718D.
Any messages would be received like a normal text, or SMS message. Charges may apply based on an individual’s cellular carrier and plan.
“We’re encouraging residents throughout the county to register for this program to stay informed when an emergency occurs,” said Office of Emergency Services Director Carl Zeilman. “CodeRED is an efficient way for the emergency services to communicate with the public ways to avoid certain dangerous areas or prepare for significant weather events.”
“The CodeRED system can send notifications to residents who may be near an incident that requires police, fire or emergency service response,” said Galway Supervisor Paul Lent, Chairman of the County Public Safety Committee. “We want people to know how to avoid dangerous areas and receive efficient communication from the Office of Emergency Services. This is the fastest and easiest way for us to communicate with the public during critical or potentially dangerous times.”
“While we hope to use this system infrequently, it’s important that when it is used it reaches as many residents as possible,” said Stillwater Supervisor Ed Kinowski, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “That’s why we are urging each resident to take the time to register for this important notification service.”