Mason County switches to CodeRED system


Official says new high-speed notification system is solution for time-sensitive messages, alerts

By Michael Johnson - michaeljohnson@civitasmedia.com



RC Faulk takes a break from configuring the new CodeRed system in the Mason County Emergency Operations Center. Faulk is deputy director of Mason County 911.


POINT PLEASANT — CodeRED has been issued in Mason County.

No need to worry, though. It’s a good thing, according to RC Faulk, deputy director of emergency services for Mason County.

CodeRED is a new notification system that Mason County has launched to send important alerts and time-sensitive messages to staff and residents of the area. According to Faulk, along with emergency and critical messages, the CodeRED system can enhance internal communications by sending emergency response notifications and updates within the courthouse and to other departments. It can also issue training reminders and other relevant county information to help with smooth daily operations.

“Upon evaluating the WARN notification system we had in place, along with three additional solutions, we decided to switch to CodeRED for its innovative features, user-friendly platform and reliability,” Faulk said. “We were looking for a system that would incorporate the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, automated weather warnings and advanced mapping features. The CodeRED system has all of these qualities so that we are able to effectively communicate across the county and our communities.”

Faulk said CodeRED can be customized by residents who can select alerts they would like to receive, as well as their preferred method of receipt — phone, text, email, TTY or any combination thereof. The alerts, he said, can be targeted to streets, neighborhoods, or regions so that residents in affected areas are sure to receive this important and time-sensitive information.

Residents and visitors alike can also keep track of alerts in Mason County with the CodeRED Mobile Alert app, which notifies smartphone users of real-time alerts in their area as they travel through the county or through other CodeRED jurisdictions across the U.S.

Similar to the online registration, users choose which notifications they’d like to receive via the app. Faulk said he is also capable of creating and sending notifications from a smartphone device while out of the office, ensuring that when information needs to be disseminated to staff and residents, he and the emergency staff have immediate access to the system.

“The mobile technology behind CodeRED is extremely advanced, providing us enhanced flexibility to issue general and/or emergency messages,” he said. “We can send an alert and residents within the exact area of impact will receive it directly to their smartphones. This all happens within seconds, which can make a huge difference in saving lives.”

All residents are encouraged to visit www.masoncountyoes.com to sign up for CodeRED and immediately start receiving these informative, life-saving alerts.

For more information on the CodeRED notification system or registration, contact Faulk at the Mason County Office of Emergency Services at 304-675-9911.

RC Faulk takes a break from configuring the new CodeRed system in the Mason County Emergency Operations Center. Faulk is deputy director of Mason County 911.
http://mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Faulk.jpgRC Faulk takes a break from configuring the new CodeRed system in the Mason County Emergency Operations Center. Faulk is deputy director of Mason County 911.
Official says new high-speed notification system is solution for time-sensitive messages, alerts

By Michael Johnson

michaeljohnson@civitasmedia.com

Reach Michael Johnson at 740-446-2342, ext. 2102, or on Twitter @OhioEditorMike.

Reach Michael Johnson at 740-446-2342, ext. 2102, or on Twitter @OhioEditorMike.

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