Sheriff’s office launches public safety announcement system
April 16, 2013 — The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office is launching a new public safety mass notification system. To provide this service, Lassen County Sheriff Dean Growdon is contracting with CodeRED®, one of the leading industry-leading high-speed mass notification systems.
This will allow the sheriff’s office to effectively communicate time-sensitive messages through a variety of traditional and modern communications mediums. CodeRED will allow public safety alerts to be delivered seconds after the sheriff’s office launches a message. The sheriff’s office will also be able to send mass alerts on behalf of other law enforcement agencies and fire agencies and public health.
Alerts can come in the form of a voice call, text message or email addresses.
Residents are encouraged to sign up through the sheriff’s office enrollment page at co.lassen.ca.us/govt/dept/sheriff and click on the CodeRed logo. Residents can enroll residential/business telephones, cellphone numbers and email addresses.
The emergency alert portion in the system interfaces with 911 telephone data. Those numbers will be utilized for emergency notifications unless citizens specify additional telephones to the system.
Additionally, the sheriff’s office will have the ability to target notifications geographically, only notifying community members impacted by an alert.
The geographic alerts are completely customizable and the sheriff will be able to send alerts to countywide, specific zip codes, streets, addresses or user defined shaped overlays based on mapped locations or housing areas in the county.
The emergency alert portion in the system interfaces with 911 telephone data. Those numbers will be utilized for emergency notifications unless citizens specify additional telephones in the system. Individual users signing up for the service must add cellular phones and email addresses. Adding cellular phones and emails to the system will allow the sheriff to send alerts directly to cell phones, either by voice or text and to email accounts.
The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office will also send alerts to subscribers of the CodeRED Mobile Alert App, which provides users geo-based public safety alerts that impact them at their current location. The app provides an additional method for the sheriff’s office to communicate messages to not only local residents, but also to those traveling through the area.
Registering your home phone, cell phone, email, and using the mobile smart phone app will dramatically increase the sheriff’s ability to reach you and your family to deliver emergency and other public safety messages.
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