Plumas County offers emergency alert system to residents

Samantha P. Hawthorne
Staff Writer
1/3/2014

 

Plumas County has joined other counties throughout the United States in implementing an emergency alert system designed to notify residents of a disaster.

CodeRED, a rapid emergency notification system, is capable of contacting residents within defined areas of the county, or throughout the entire county if need be, at a rate of 1,000 calls per minute. If a disaster affects the entire county, such as was the case with this year’s series of large earthquakes or last year’s Chips Fire, the program could potentially contact the entire community within 20 – 30 minutes.

The notification system will be used to target residents about nearby fires, chemical spills, evacuation orders, lockdowns, downed power lines, missing persons, natural disasters, abductions, water system problems, bomb threats or any other local emergency.

Plumas County is encouraging all residents to opt in for the notification service by visiting http://bit.ly/JAswV3. Depending on the options selected, CodeRED can notify registered users within the selected region by phone call, text message, email and social media. A mobile application is also available and can be used to notify users of emergencies wherever they go, as long as the area is covered by CodeRED. It is available for free on both Android and iPhone devices.

Calls are likely to come from an 866 number. If there is no answer, the call will be reattempted three times. For those who tend to deny 800 numbers, opting in for text alerts may be beneficial.

Registration takes less than a minute and is free and confidential. Anyone who does not register will not receive emergency alerts.


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