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CodeRED success keeps Hamburg safe

IN THE KNOW — Opt into receiving CodeRED® alerts via your mobile phone, with the CodeRED Mobile Alert.
HAMBURG — The town of Hamburg began using the CodeRED®, an emergency notification system that alerts residents about important information, in July. Sean Crotty, emergency manager at the office of emergency systems for the town of Hamburg, said that there has been much success, since the initial installation.

He said that this system is known for its rapid delivery of customized, recorded emergency messages. Published phone numbers were added into the system; individuals who do not have a listed number have been prompted to sign up for notifications, through the town.

“We can notify the entire town in minutes,” Crotty said.

During the polar vortex weather whirlwind, CodeRED was used to send messages to citizens about what to expect, in regard to the wintry conditions. In situations such as the recent robbery of the First Niagara Bank on Lake Shore Road, a message was sent to local residents to inform them that there would be heightened security presence, and to also solicit information that could assist police with the investigation.

CodeRED sends messages through multiple vessels: telephones, answering machines, text messages and emails. The latter allows the attachment of photos, which could help during a notification of a missing person, Crotty explained.

This system is also used for non-emergency situations. Crotty said that, if there are adjustments concerning the highway department, citizens will be sent a message; that, in turn, will allow them to preemptively adjust their lifestyle.

In the case of widespread power outages, CodeRED is used to inform the affected area, which Crotty said is especially necessary for those who may require power for medical purposes.

That system has also been used to help in the search for a missing elderly person and an endangered missing elderly person with dementia, thus far.

“It seems like, every day, we come up with another use,” Crotty said.

CodeRED was on the town’s back burner for a couple of years, but was cost-prohibited until the purchase was made by Supervisor Steven Walters, according to Crotty.

“We’re starting now to matriculate into the school system,” Crotty said. The school districts have their own system, but CodeRED will soon be able to reach the staff members directly. “We want administrators to know what’s going on,” he said.

Since CodeRED system is a nationally utilized program, those who are enrolled in that system, who may be visiting from out of town, will still receive alerts through the free mobile app “CodeRED Mobile Alert,” which is available for free.

Village of Blasdell and Hamburg town and village residents who may be interested in enrolling into the program may visit this link or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TownOfHamburgEmergencyServices.

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2014-03-07 | 20:24:12
Clarification
Emergency Communications Network, the providers of the CodeRED emergency notification system for Hamburg, NY, would like to clarify that we are in no way affiliated with US Near. We have never received any data from this organization. To ensure you are enrolling to receive CodeRED notifications in the most secure manner possible, please visit the Hamburg, NY website, http://www.townofhamburgny.com/ and click on the CodeRED logo.
2014-03-07 | 21:20:58
Registration Link
I am sorry think link does not route correctly. Please go to : https://cne.coderedweb.com/Default.aspx?groupid=ObeNBqiBk2JGrq5h/LV2qg== That will take you right to the page which populates into the Code Red Emergency Notification System without going through a 3rd party system. Thank you
2014-03-08 | 22:26:03
Do not use USNEAR
The Town of Hamburg Office of Emergency Services value securing your personal information you share with us. When you share your address, phone number, cellphone and email address with us in our Code Red Emergency Notification System, we take it very seriously. We do not share that information with ANYONE. It is solely entered into our secure, Emergency Communication System. That is why we contract with Emergency Communication Network. They have very high standards and ensure your information is secure. Recently a man named Jim Veilleux has been posting on our page encouraging people to enroll in usnear.org . There is absolutely NO REASON to enroll in that website when you can submit you information DIRECTLY to our secure database. usnear.org does not securely collect your data, and furthermore, is not a government organization. It is supported financially by HyperReach, a competitor in the Emergency alerting industry to our vendor, Emergency Communication Network. Jim V is the founder of USNEAR and also the Marketing Director at HyperReach. Please do not submit your personal information to usnear.org. Much recent research has been done on Jim V, and our results are certainly not anything we would like to participate in, nor encourage our residents to submit information to. It appears they formed USNEAR to acquire competitive data under the guise of a national association designed to improve community emergency notification system opt-in rates. When you submit your personal information to them, it’s not protected and they do not provide the data to CodeRED as they suggest. We have not received any so we don't know where the info goes. I would advise residents not to register for USNEAR. USNEAR is registered to Jim V's house/business in North Carolina. So please, just register with us on the Town of Hamburg website. www.townofhamburgny.com Thank you Hamburg Emergency Services
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