Residents in San Miguel, Ouray and Montrose Counties Encouraged to Sign Up
SAN MIGUEL COUNTY – With ever-improving technology and the importance for emergency response personnel to relay information to residents during emergency situations or dangerous conditions, San Miguel County announced this week it’s moving to a new mass notification system, and urges residents to sign up.
San Miguel County will now use CodeRED, a high-speed telephone emergency notification system that allows public safety personnel to send messages directly to residents (using telephone numbers and home addresses) – whether they are home or away – during an emergency, using geo-tracking to target specific locations emergency communication may be needed with prerecorded phone messages, emails or texts.
CodeRED replaces WENS, the telephone-number based system San Miguel County is no longer using.
“CodeRed is a different type of system than WENS,” San Miguel County Emergency Management Coordinator Jennifer Dinsmore says. “It’s based on where your home address is. If you are in our WENS system now, we just have your cell phone number, and we don’t have where you live. This new system basically sends general emergency alerts where your phone is and where you live.”
With the switch to CodeRED, Dinsmore says it’s important for area residents to sign up at SanMiguelCounty.org, even those who were signed up with the previous notification system.
To ensure your information is accurate, please link all family members’ mobile phones to the home address. Required information includes: first and last name, street address (no P.O. Boxes), city, state, zip code and primary phone number. All data will be kept confidential.
“Instead of doing a one-size-fits-all message to everyone, when, perhaps, it only applies to 12 residents, it allows us to more accurately pinpoint emergency notifications,” Dinsmore says. “It’s much more accurate, and allows us to cut down on extraneous text people are getting.”
Residents, visitors and commuters who use smartphones can also sign up for the free CodeRED Mobile Alert App. Designed to keep you informed and aware, the CodeRED Mobile Alert App taps into the national CodeRED Emergency Notification System and alerts subscribers located within the reach of a given notification generated by public safety officials. No matter where you are when the alert is issued, you will be notified of events that may affect you or your home on your mobile device.
Dinsmore said approximately half the counties in Colorado use the CodeRED system, so the app could be of use to residents traveling throughout the state who may require immediate information.
Since Ouray and Montrose counties use the same system, Dinsmore encouraged residents in those areas to sign up as well.
CodeRED alerts may be implemented in situations such as public safety activity in the area, wildfires or other emergency incidents. The system does include optional weather alerts.