Press Release_The City of Lawton and Comanche County have contracted with Emergency Communications Network, Inc. for its "CodeRED" high-speed telephone emergency notification services. The CodeRED system gives city and county officials the ability to deliver pre-recorded severe weather, emergency and public safety telephone messages to targeted areas or the entire county.
The CodeRED system is FREE to citizens and allows city and county officials to notify citizens at a rate of 60,000 calls per hour. The initial service is designed to notify citizens of severe weather, however, city/county officials can also utilize the system during emergencies for public safety. CodeRED uses landline telephone databases to develop its call directory, but Lawton City Manager Larry Mitchell says the responsibility to sign up for the service lies with each citizen, "We want to encourage everyone to sign up for this FREE service. We live in an area where weather-related warnings are critical and every second counts. This is not a general information/public notice system. It will be used for weather and/or public safety notification ONLY."
Individuals and businesses who want to sign up for CodeRED may do so by logging on to the city or county's web site, www.cityof.lawton.ok.us or www.comanchecounty.us. By clicking on the "CodeRED" link, citizens will be able to learn more about the service and register each of their phone numbers. Those without Internet access may call 2-1-1, Monday through Friday (8AM-5PM), to give their information over the phone. 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 optional).
No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included, added Mitchell. "All businesses should register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the last year, and who use a cellular phone as their primary home phone."
When an individual who is signed up for CodeRED moves but has kept the same listed or unlisted phone number, they will need to change their address in the database. "CodeRED is a geographical based notification system, which means street addresses are needed to select which phone numbers will receive emergency notification calls in any given situation. The system works fine for cell phones too, but we have to have a street address," Mitchell explained.
City of Lawton/Comanche County Emergency Manager Clint Wagstaff added, "CodeRED gives those who want to be included an easy and secure method for doing so. The information will only be used for emergency notification purposes."