Special to the Reporter
Somervell County will be using the CodeRED Emergency Notification System on Wednesday, June 1, to call the entire community.
The calls will take place in the morning and will continue until the entire database has been attempted. This call will give county personnel the chance to operate the system as if there has been a community wide disaster.
The message that is being delivered directs recipients to the county Web site to add additional contact numbers, and it also asks that recipients spread the word by mentioning the system to family, friends and neighbors.
Somervell County Judge Mike Ford suggests that “all individuals and businesses should take the time to visit our Web site and add contact information to include cellular phones and other non-traditional phones as well as email and text addresses. If your contact information is not in the database you will not receive a call when an urgent message is sent.”
In particular, businesses should register, as well as individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number recently and those who use a cellular phone exclusively or have VoIP phones (such as Vonage) as their primary numbers.
Ford urges citizens to log onto the county Web site at www.co.somervell.tx.us and follow the CodeRED link IN THE LOWER MIDDLE OF THE PAGE. Those without Internet access may call 254-897-2242 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. To 5 p.m. Required information includes a street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes) for location purposes and a primary phone number. Additional phone numbers, e-mail and text addresses may also be entered.
More information about the CodeRED system is on the Web site. Questions should be directed to Somervell County personnel at 254-897-2242.