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Gates switches to ‘CodeRED’

Published 8:19am Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Gates County has a new emergency and mass notification provider. The transition from DeltAlert to the industry-leading, high-speed mass notification system, CodeRED®, began earlier this year.

The transition to CodeRED will offer Gates County access to patented technologies that were not available with the previous provider. Public safety officials at Gates County will be able to more effectively communicate time-sensitive messages using the CodeRED system’s robust dialing infrastructure that is entirely managed by its parent company, Emergency Communications Network. This access will allow calls to be delivered seconds after Gates County officials launch a message.

Additionally, Gates County Emergency Management will have the ability to better target notifications geographically, only notifying those community members impacted by an alert.

Gates County’s residents who registered with DeltAlert have been transferred to the new CodeRED system, however all residents of Gates County are encouraged to update their existing information and enroll additional contact information through Gates County’s enrollment page. To ensure you are included in the new CodeRED database, please visit Gates County’s website at www.gatescounty.govoffice2.com  and click on the CodeRED logo or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Gates-County-NC-Emergency-Management  Residents are encouraged to enroll cellphone numbers, email addresses and business contact information.

“We look forward to using the many new features we have with CodeRED, and are pleased that our contract was transitioned to a well-known and highly reputable mass notification provider that has been providing these services for well over a decade,” said Billy Winn, Emergency Management Director of Gates County.

As a new notification feature, Gates County will also send alerts to subscribers of the CodeRED Mobile Alert app. The Mobile Alert app provides users geo-based public safety alerts that impact them at their current location. The app provides an additional method for Gates County to communicate messages to not only local residents, but also to those traveling through the area. “Once you download the free app, even if you travel to another CodeRED community, you will be notified of those alerts directly on your smartphone,” Winn said. “This is a really useful and unique feature that we are excited to begin using in the near future,” he added.

Headquartered in Ormond Beach, Fla., Emergency Communications Network (ECN), LLC (ECN) has pioneered high-speed emergency notification services capable of reaching millions of citizens in minutes. For more information, visit www.ecnetwork.com.

 

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