Isanti County to conduct test of new CodeRED emergency notification

Mari Bostrom
Isanti County Emergency Management

The Isanti County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Management has contracted with Emergency Communications Network, LLC to license its CodeRED high-speed notification solution.

The CodeRED system provides county officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire county. On Tuesday, June 17 at 2 p.m., the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office with Emergency Management will conduct a performance test of the CodeRED emergency notification system to determine how quickly notifications can be delivered to the entire community in case of an actual emergency. If you receive this call, your primary number has been entered into the Notification and Warning system.

Prior to the test, all citizens are encouraged to enroll additional contact information, including cell phone numbers, text and email addresses and specify their notification preferences by visiting the CodeRED notification enrollment page on the Isanti County website at www.co.isanti.mn.us.  Just click on the CodeRED icon found on the homepage.

Mari Bostrom, Isanti County Emergency Management Director, cautioned that such systems are only as good as the telephone number database supporting them.

“If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called,” Bostrom said.

One of the reasons the CodeRED system was selected is it gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their own phone numbers directly into the system’s database, and that information is immediately available to the Isanti County Sheriff’s Dispatch to contact in case of emergency.

“No one should assume their telephone number is included. Also, this information is considered private and will not be sold or reproduced; it is only used by the system to make emergency notification,” Bostrom said, urging all individuals and businesses to log onto www.co.isanti.mn.us, and follow the CodeRED link for community notification enrollment.

Those without Internet access may call Chief Deputy Chris Caulk at 763-691-2411 or Mari Bostrom at 763-689-8306, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to supply their information over the phone. Required information includes first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code, and primary phone number. Additional phone numbers can be entered as well.

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 or VoIP phone as their primary number.

“CodeRED 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,” Caulk said. “The system will send phone calls to landlines and cell phones, as well as text messages and emails, so we need citizens to enroll their information and  select their notification preferences.”

Residents are also encouraged to download the CodeRED Mobile Alert app to receive Isanti County emergency, general and missing person public safety alerts directly on their smartphones that are specific to the subscriber’s current location. The CodeRED Mobile Alert app may be downloaded on iTunes, Google Play or by visiting ecnetwork.com/mobile/getitnow.html.

Questions should be directed to the Isanti County Emergency Management Office or the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office. To learn more about the Emergency Communications Network visit www.ecnetwork.com.

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