Friday, September 30, 2016

CodeRED

What is CodeRED and why is it important to me?

CodeRED is an emergency notification service that allows emergency officials to notify residents and businesses by telephone, cell phone, text message, email and social media regarding time-sensitive general and emergency notifications. Only authorized officials have access to the CodeRED system.

Does the CodeRED system already have my telephone number, or do I need to sign up to receive CodeRED notifications?

All residents are encouraged to enroll additional contact information, including cell phone numbers, text and email addresses and specify their notification preferences by clicking here.

The City of Blue Island cautions residents 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. 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 City officials to contact in case of emergency.

No one should assume their telephone number is included. Those without internet access may visit the Blue Island Police Department at 13031 Greenwood Avenue to complete a paper application. 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. 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 to select their notification preferences.

Download the Mobile App.

Residents are also encouraged to download the CodeRED Mobile Alert app to receive Blue Island 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 http://ecnetwork.com/mobile/getitnow.html.