PRYOR, OK —
Mayes County is switching to the CodeRED high speed notification system. CodeRED bought out Global Connect, the company the county used for three years.
Johnny Janzen, Mayes County Emergency Management Director, said the CodeRED system is simpler, more user friendly and provides more options for the general public. CodeRED enables local officials to communicate time-sensitive, personalized messages via voice, email and text messaging
The new system provides Mayes County officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire county.
Janzen said such a system is only as good as the telephone number database supporting them.
“If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called,” said Janzen.
One of the reasons the CodeRed system was selected is it gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their own numbers directly into the system's database.
“No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included,” Janzen said, urging all individuals and businesses to log onto www.mayes.ok
counties.org and follow the link to the CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment page.
Those without Internet access may call (918)825-4650 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. Until 4 p.m to supply their information over the phone.
All businesses should register as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year and those who use a cellular phone as their primary number.
Janzen said the system 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.
“The system will even follow you as you travel. If you sign up with your cell phone number and travel to an area that uses the CodeRED system, you will receive emergency alerts for the area you are visiting, right on your smartphone,” said Janzen.
He said the system provides additional services for the general public above and beyond what the county is providing. For example there is a CodeRED cell phone app and a service called My Daily call for scheduling calls to check on at-risk individuals including the elderly, infirm or latchkey kids. For more information on CodeRED services visit www.ecnetwork.com
Janzen said the data collected will only be used for emergency notification purposes and questions should be directed to the Mayes County Emergency Management Office.