CodeRed test for Grand County cell phones rings April 15
Grand County will be conducting a CodeRed Emergency Test at 10 a.m. on April 15.
Grand County Office of Emergency Management has utilized the services of Emergency Communications Network, or CodeRED emergency notification system, for the past five years.
The CodeRED system provides Grand County officials the ability to quickly deliver cellular messages to targeted areas or the entire county of Grand. The Grand County Office of Emergency utilizes this as a tool to keep the public informed of an emergency that may affect their safety.
Residents and visitors who have registered in the CodeRed system will receive a call from the Grand County Office of Emergency Management through the CodeRed system with a test emergency message.
For those who don’t answer or need the information message repeated, the phone number 1-866-419-5000 can be called back at any time to hear the same recording. Grand County Emergency Manager Nowell Curran suggests cell phone users save this number in their contacts under “Grand County Emergency,” or something similar, so that they can easily identify the call.
Curran cautioned that such systems are only as good as the telephone number database supporting them.
“If your cellular phone number is not in the database, you will not be called,” she said.
One of the reasons the CodeRED system was selected, she said, is it gives individuals the ability to add their own phone numbers directly into the system’s database, an extremely important feature.
“No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included,” Curran said, urging all individuals to log onto the Grand County Emergency website, http://www.gcemergency.com, and follow the link to the “CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment” page.
Those without Internet access may call Grand County Emergency Services (970-887-2732), Monday through Friday, (8 a.m.- 5 p.m.) to supply information over the phone. Required information includes first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code, and primary phone number, additional phone numbers can be entered as well.
“CodeRED allows geographically based delivery, which means street addresses are required to ensure emergency notification calls are received by the proper individuals in a given situation.
“CodeRED gives those who want to be included in cellular emergency notifications an easy and secure method for inputting information. The data collected will only be used for emergency notification purposes.”
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