Vance County warning system enhanced

Aug. 15, 2013 @ 07:49 PM

Vance County’s new community alert system notifies residents about weather-related emergencies, a feature that wasn’t available under the old system.

The new alert system CodeRED includes a component called Weather Warning, but it does not automatically register county residents who own a landline, said Emergency Operations Director Brian Short.

Short said CodeRED automatically registers county landlines to receive alerts.

“Just because you are in the CodeRED database, doesn’t mean you are in the Weather Warn database,” he said.

Short said the county’s Office of Emergency Services changed its community alert provider from its DeltAlert in late July, after CodeRED purchased DeltAlert.

The Office of Emergency Services changed from CodeRED to DeltAlert several years ago, Short said, because the switch saved money.

The new system will cost about $5,000 per year, Short said.

CodeRED, owned by Florida-based Emergency Communications Network, can call 1,500 people at once and it gives residents the option to receive alerts through text messages and email.

“This system will easily allows us to call every resident in the city and the county in a short period of time if we need,” Short said.

CodeRED is a cloud-based software with an off-site database.

“It means I could send a county alert from my cellphone on the beach,” he said. “I don’t need to be in the office.”

Residents can opt-in to the weather system for free by visiting the website vancealert.com, clicking on the CodeRED logo and following the on-screen instructions.

Short said his office plans to call all county landlines on Saturday morning to inform people about Weather Warning and encourage them to opt-in.

 

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