Code Red Fact Sheet
What it is and how it works:
- CodeRED is a Web-based notification system that allows us to craft a pre-recorded message and send it almost instantly to residents in the event of an emergency.
- CodeRED is able to make up to 1,000 calls per minute. (60,000 calls per hour.)
- CodeRED is able to select phone numbers for calling based on a call list or by using a map to select an area.
- Residents are able to register their home phone, work phone, cell phone or e-mail in order to receive alerts from CodeRED. Residents need to sign up for the weather alert portion separately.
- Calls are placed through a national center at CodeRED, and will therefore not tie up our county’s phone lines in an emergency.
- The county is purchasing CodeRED’s optional weather alert system, which is tied into the National Weather Service.
Who is participating:
- Portage County, the City of Stevens Point and Village of Plover
- The public school districts in Portage County (Almond-Bancroft, Tomorrow River)
- Canadian National Railroad – The company contributed $5,000
What the costs are:
- CodeRED will cost $20,000 per year for the base program plus the weather alert program.
- The cost of CodeRED will not increase for Portage County, according to the company. It is a fixed cost.
- Schools are contributing approximately 50 cents per student.
- Canadian National contributed $5,000 for the purchase of CodeRED.
- Portage County has signed up for CodeRED for one year, but has asked local contributors to make a commitment to the program for two years.
When it begins:
- CodeRED started in February of 2009.
Why we are participating:
- CodeRED is a tool that will help us keep our residents safe.
- CodeRED allows us to quickly convey important information to our residents.
- CodeRED is easy to use, and requires no additional hardware or software.
- CodeRED allows us to quickly mobilize our own staff in the event that they need to respond to an emergency.
Some possible uses of the CodeRED system:
- HazMat incident, gas leak, chemical spill, terrorism threats, bomb threats
- Fires, dam/levy breaks, dangerous water conditions
- Missing children, missing elderly, evacuation notices
- School closures, early release, school lockdowns
- Inmate escapes, hostage situations, gunman situations
- Utility outages, street closings, boil water advisories, snow emergencies
What residents need to do:
- CodeRED will come ready with a database of many of our residents’ phone numbers. However, residents may want to register additional phone numbers.
- Portage County will have a link on its website that allows residents to sign up for CodeRED.
- Portage County CodeRED: Click link at the bottom right of this page. CodeRED .