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Thursday, March 01 2012

Greenfield Grabs CodeRED Call System

From a Greenfield Mayor's Office press release:

Mayor William Martin announced that the City of Greenfield has contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification system effective immediately. “Hopefully we will not need to utilize the reverse call system now and at least not until everyone has had a chance to get their numbers and addresses into it.”

Mayor Martin added, “Our experience from the last few city-wide events demonstrated some deficient areas. The after-action report discussions with departments and input from the Public Safety Committee and Board of Health indicated we could increase our notification process to residents with this system. Additionally, this system can serve to alert and inform residents on a number of different subjects quickly.”

CodeRED provides Greenfield officials the ability to deliver alert messages via text, phone and/or email to specific areas or the entire city. The City will conduct its first community-wide test call on Monday, March 12, 2012, in the evening. “We were able to launch with over 8,000 numbers, so we have a start. As people sign up, we’ll be able to build a more complete data base for emergency notification.”

The CodeRED alert system allows individuals and businesses the ability to add and update their own contact information, which is password protected, directly into the system's database. “All individuals and businesses should register, and this information is private and remains private,” said Mayor Martin. “Whether you work in Greenfield or live in Greenfield, we encourage you to register your contact information with CodeRED.”

Robert Strahan, Director of Emergency Management, cautioned that this emergency alert system will only be as effective as the information provided by individuals. "If your contact information is not in the CodeRED database, you will not receive an alert message," he stated.

Registration questions may be directed to the Mayor’s Office at 413-772-1560.