Ponce Inlet turns to 'Code red' alert system to notify public of emergencies

Ponce Inlet utilizes "Code Red" for emergencies / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer snapshot graphic / For unforseen emergencies, the town of Ponce Inlet has turned to 'Code Red' to alert citizens and merchants.

PONCE INLET -- The municipality has instituted a rapid emergency notification service called CodeRED, which distributes emergency messages via telephone to targeted areas or the entire town at a rate of 1,000 calls per minute, according to a press release on Ponce Inlet's website.

"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," the release said. "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. The release goes on to say, "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."

Ponce Inlet residents and businesses can sign up at the following web address: https://cne.coderedweb.com/Default.aspx?groupid=F3874lyVOuDQGBHNDniZBQ%3d%3d.

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