Piedmont's new emergency alert system, called CodeRED, kicked off Tuesday with a signup site that lets anyone who lives or works in Piedmont register for notifications from the city's police and fire departments, according to a city press release.
CodeRed will provide public safety alerts and news via phone calls, email, text messages and a mobile app. It replaces the current system of email alerts, which end Sept. 16.
More information on Piedmont's CodeRed system and a link to the registration page are available on the city's website here.
Residents who register for the City’s CodeRED emergency notification system will receive notices regarding public safety situations, major street closures, planned power outages, and other emergency situations at the same time information is sent to the press, according to a city press release.
Piedmont Fire Chief Bud McLaren said the CodeRED system offers several advantages: It provides alerts in a variety of forms — phone calls, email, text messages and via a mobile app — and it can target specific neighborhoods within the city.
CodeRED can even be used to contact specific groups of city employees, McLaren said.
Here's the complete city press release:
The Piedmont Police and Fire Departments are now offering Emergency Notifications through a system called CodeRED.
This system utilizes telephone calls, email, text messages, and/or a mobile app to notify residents of emergencies and other public safety related news.
Residents who register for the City’s CodeRED emergency notification system will receive notices regarding public safety situations, major street closures, planned power outages, and other emergency situations at the same time information is sent to the press.
The City of Piedmont provides this service to residents at no charge. Residents are encouraged to visit the City’s web site at http://www.ci.piedmont.ca.us and click on the CodeRED Emergency Notifications item for a link to register.
Registration is simple. All you need is your name, address, and phone number.
Residents who do not have access to the internet may call Barbara MacLean at the Piedmont Fire Department at (510) 420-3028.
The CodeRED alert system will be launched with a City wide notification. The City will conduct a test alert using a telephone voice recorded message. This message will provide our residents with information regarding CodeRED, and instructions on how to register to receive emergency alerts
The City’s existing Public Safety Dispatches email notifications will be discontinued on September 16, 2013.
Residents who are subscribed to the existing system must register for the CodeRED system to continue to receive alerts.
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