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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
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