CodeRED test calls go out Sept. 14 as part of National Preparedness Month

  • Sep 11, 2015

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Sept. 10, 2015) – Next week, during the middle of National Preparedness Month, more than 168,000 Manatee County households will receive a test call, text or email from Manatee’s new CodeRED Emergency Notification System to ensure they’re in the loop whenever local emergencies arise.

 Manatee County will use the CodeRED Emergency Notification System on Tuesday, Sept. 15 to call registered users throughout the community. Calls, texts and emails will go out in the afternoon and evening and will continue until each contact has been tried once.  The message directs people to the County’s CodeRed website to add additional contact numbers, and it also asks that recipients spread the word by mentioning the system to family, friends and neighbors.

 

“This call will give County personnel the chance to operate the system as if there has been a community disaster,” said Emergency Management Chief Don Hermey. “We hope that Manatee residents and business owners take the time to visit our website and add contact information to include cellular phones and other non-traditional phones as well as email and text addresses. If your contact information is not in the database you will not receive a call when an urgent message is sent.”

 

Hermey said businesses should register, as well as individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number recently, and those who use a cellular phone exclusively or have VoIP phones (such as Vonage) as their primary numbers.

 

Manatee’s CodeRED system is a service of the Emergency Communications Network which takes security and privacy concerns seriously. Registered users’ information will not be sold, traded, leased or loaned to any third parties.

 

Manatee residents and business owners can visit Manatee’s homepage at www.Mymanatee.org and then click on the CodeRED headline in the middle of the page.

 

Those without Internet access may register by calling (941) 792-8811 Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Required information includes a street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes) for location purposes and a primary phone number. Additional phone numbers, email and text addresses may also be entered.

 

There’s also a CodeRED FAQ area with more details. Questions should be directed to Manatee County Customer Service at (941) 792-8811.

 

For more preparedness tips during National Preparedness Month, visit www.mymanatee.org/emergency  and follow Emergency Management on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manateecountyemergencymanagement and follow our Public Safety Department on Twitter @MCGPublicSafety

 

For more information on Manatee County Government, visit online at www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter @ManateeGov.