The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office has contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification solution.
The CodeRED system provides County officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire county.
Sheriff Brian Muller, cautioned 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, this is an extremely important feature.
“No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included,” Muller said urging all individuals and businesses to log onto the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office website (www.mariposacounty.org/sheriff), and follow the link to the "CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment" page. Those without Internet access may pick up and complete an enrollment form and return it to the sheriff’s office. Enrollment forms can be obtained at the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, Mariposa County Library, Greeley-Hill Sheriff’s Sub-Station and Red Cloud Library in Greeley Hill. 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.
Muller explained, "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 works for cell phones too, but we need to have an associated street address to provide relevant messages."
Muller stated, "CodeRED gives those who want to be included, an easy and secure method for inputting information. The data collected will only be used for emergency notification purposes."
On August 18, 2009 CodeRED will send a county wide phone message to phone service subscribers regarding their inclusion in the current phone data system.