Code RED Emergency Notification System TEST!!!!

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The CodeRED Emergency Notification System to be Tested
Goodhue County’s Emergency Notification System, CodeRED, will be tested on Monday, April 9th, 2018 to validate telephone numbers in the Goodhue County’s database. There is no need for action if you receive the call; emergency personnel are merely testing the system to ensure it is operational as needed, and to encourage additional residents to enroll to receive future notifications.
The Caller ID will read 855-969-4636 or 866-419-5000, text messages will show 76993. Message will say “This is a test of your community’s CodeRED Emergency Notification System. No action is required, this is only a test. Had this been an actual emergency you would have received important information from local officials. Again, this is only a test.”
The process will increase the efficiency of the system and the speed in which notifications will be delivered when the system is used during an actual emergency.
“Residents and businesses are encouraged to visit our website and update their contact information. If your phone number is not in the database, you will not receive a call when we do launch an important notification,” Diane Richter-Biwer, Goodhue County Emergency Management Director, said. In particular, 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, should add or update their contact information in the emergency database.
The CodeRED system allows Goodhue County officials to effectively reach residents and personnel by using the system’s capabilities to send telephone calls, text messages, emails and social media posts to inform residents and better protect life and property.
The Goodhue County has also contracted with the CodeRED Weather Alerts, an automated weather warning technology that delivers phone calls, text messages, and emails to registered residents and businesses within the direct path of severe weather. The CodeRED Weather Alerts is an opt-in service that automatically notifies those registered of tornado, flash flood, and severe thunderstorm warnings just moments after an alert is issued by the National Weather Service (NWS). You will receive these alerts only if NWS is projecting that the path of the storm will be going over the address that is listed in the database.
Emergency Management and Goodhue County Dispatch urge citizens to visit the Goodhue County’s website at: www.co.goodhue.mn.us and click on the CodeRED logo.