Beltrami County CODE RED TEST CALLS WILL GO OUT TUESDAY December 11 2012 at 8 AM
On Tuesday, December 11, 2012, at 8:00 AM, the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office of Communications/Emergency Management will launch a full scale test call to all residents of Beltrami County using the Code Red emergency notification system. Each resident that we have a contact number for will receive a recorded message with instructions on how to sign up additional contact numbers. The message will also go to answering machines. We have over 20,000 land line numbers loaded into our system and are very happy to see that citizens are already signing up their cell phone and email addresses as well. There is also a cell phone app available to download.
Here is a preview of what the message will say:
This is the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office 911 Dispatch Center with an important message for all residents and businesses located in Beltrami County.
We have licensed the CodeRED Community Notification System to help disseminate important or critical information.
We encourage all residents and businesses to go to the Beltrami County website, click on CodeRED located our web site, in the middle of the main page, and enter your contact information, including additional phone numbers, text and email addresses and any TTY/TTD devices (for our deaf and hard of hearing community), to ensure all of the data in our system is accurate and current.
If you know of anyone who did not receive this call who lives in Beltrami County please encourage them to visit the county’s website at http://www.co.beltrami.mn.us and enter their information.
If you do not have Internet access, please contact a friend or family member to help add your contact information to the emergency database. We will be offering assistance in entering your data through Town Hall Meetings. Emergency only questions regarding this program can be directed to 218-333-8320. Thank you.
Your caller ID will come up with the CODE RED 800 number which allows you to call that number back and hear the message we have recorded. Please do NOT call our Dispatch Center or 911 for information on this.
We will be providing training sessions in the near future at two different locations in the county for those who do not have access to internet. Thank you.
Sheriff Phil Hodapp
Beltrami County County has instituted a new rapid emergency notification service called CodeRED®. The new system will distribute emergency messages via telephone to targeted areas or the entire county at a rate of 1,000 calls per minute. CodeRED® employs a one-of-a-kind Internet mapping capability for geographic targeting of calls, coupled with a high speed telephone calling system capable of delivering customized pre-recorded emergency messages directly to homes and businesses, live individuals and answering machines.
By registering, you’ll be added to the emergency call list.
This service can be used in case of fires, chemical spills, evacuations, lock downs, downed power lines, lost individuals, natural disasters, abductions, water system problems, bomb threats, or other emergencies. Calls can be geographically targeted for localized messaging. If widespread, the entire community could be called within 20 to 30 minutes.
The system also reports who did not get a call so that they may be contacted by other means.
Beltrami County residents are welcome and encouraged to enter their contact information for home, business, and mobile phones so they may be contacted by the system in the event of an emergency. It is important for city residents and businesses customers to register, especially if they use unlisted numbers, cell phones, or VOIP. Those who do not register their address and phone number may not be notified with CodeRED in the case of an emergency. Registration is confidential, free, and easy.