FRANKLIN, VA February 18, 2016– Following an extensive and thorough evaluation and review of alerting systems, the City of Franklin has implemented the CodeRED system, a high-speed emergency notification service provided by Emergency Communications Network, based in Ormond Beach, Florida. Public safety officials across the United States have credited CodeRED notifications for saving lives and many successful events including locating missing children, apprehending wanted criminals and issuing timely evacuations.
The CodeRED system will serve as the backbone of the City of Franklin’s emergency planning and communications outreach. The platform will allow the City to communicate with residents and City personnel by sending telephone calls, text messages, emails, social media and CodeRED Mobile Alert app messages in an effort to effectively inform residents of emergencies to protect life and property. CodeRED, among other notification systems available, was selected for its unrivaled reliability and accuracy, as well as the system’s global use.
“CodeRED’s robust system will provide city officials with a reliable, easy-to-use interface to quickly disseminate critical information to our residents during emergencies. We are very eager to use this technology to enhance our emergency preparedness plans,” said 9-1-1 Communication’s Manager, Bruce Edwards. The City of Franklin anticipates using the system to notify residents in specific geographic locations of fires, floods, drinking water emergencies and missing children notices.
The City of Franklin has also contracted the CodeRED Weather Warning system, an automated weather warning technology that delivers phone calls, text messages, and emails to registered residents and businesses within the direct path of severe weather. The CodeRED Weather Warning system is an opt-in service that automatically notifies those registered of tornado, flash flood, and severe thunderstorm warnings just minutes after an alert is issued by the National Weather Service (NWS). The City of Franklin has been provided an initial database of residential and business telephone numbers, however all residents living within City of Franklin limits are encouraged to visit www.franklinpolice.org and click on the CodeRED logo to enroll additional contact information including cell phone numbers, text and email addresses. No one should assume they have been automatically added to the emergency contact database. The enrollment link will also allow residents to opt-in to receive the automated Weather Warnings. Residents and businesses are encouraged to enter both a cell phone number and email address, and designate the types of weather warnings to be received.
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