WINCHESTER, Ind. – On Monday, Feb. 1, Randolph County Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) will be conducting a complimentary all-call invitation to Randolph County residents, inviting them to register for the CodeRED Weather Warning program.
This phone call will be conducted shortly after 10 a.m. Monday morning. Randolph County (HSEM) has recently purchased its account with Emergency Communications Network, providers of the CodeRED high-speed notification solution and the CodeRED Weather Warning service. The HSEM office will stop using NIXLE as its emergency communications platform on February 1.
This no-charge program will allow message recipients to easily identify calls coming through the systems. Message recipient’s Caller ID will read Emergency Communications Network or 866-419-5000 for CodeRED calls. And for CodeRED Weather Warning calls, either Emergency Communications Network or the number 800-566-9780 will appear on Caller ID displays.
Most relevant for our citizens, says Chris Shaneyfelt, Randolph County HSEM’s Director, “Residents can simply dial the number displayed on their Caller ID to hear the last message delivered. This will greatly reduce the number of inbound inquiries handled by our office and will offer residents an immediate replay of the message.”
The CodeRED system provides Randolph County officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire county. If you are not sure that you are included in the database, simply log onto the Randolph County website, randolphcounty.us, and follow the link to the “CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment” page.
It is recommended that all businesses 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 or VoIP phone as their primary number. Those without Internet access may call Randolph County HSEM’s office (765-584-9641), Monday through Friday, (8 a.m. -4 p.m.) to supply their information over the phone.
CodeRED Weather Warning is an opt-in only weather warning product that taps into the National Weather Service’s Storm Based Warnings. CodeRED Weather Warning automatically alerts affected citizens in the path of severe weather just moments after a warning has been issued.