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WVCPD launches CodeRED to notify enrolled residents of emergencies

Jun 02, 2017 10:14AM ● By Travis Barton

The sign-up page for the CodeRED app. Residents can go to the West Valley City website to sign up for the police department’s new emergency alert system. (West Valley City website)

By Travis Barton | [email protected]
West Valley City Police Department has a new alert system in case of emergencies: CodeRED.
The system will serve as a quick notifying emergency alert in the form of telephone calls, text messages, emails and social media notifications.
On April 25, police demonstrated the CodeRED mobile alert system for media and then made calls to city landlines informing citizens of the new system that alerts residents in specific areas to natural disasters, missing persons, severe weather storms or active shooter situations.
“CodeRED’s robust system will provide the West Valley City Police Department with a reliable, easy-to-use interface to quickly disseminate critical information to our citizens during emergencies. We are very eager to use this technology to enhance our emergency preparedness plans,” wrote Police Chief Lee Russo in a press release.
Funding for the new system comes from a federal justice grant that will cost about $30,000 every three years.
Police encouraged all residents to enroll in the emergency contact database at Subscribers will only receive alerts if they are in the geographic location of the emergency.
The service is provided by Florida-based Emergency Communications Network and has been used across the country, including Conway, Arkansas where a 5-year-old girl went missing.
When parents were unable to find their daughter, the local police sent out a CodeRED alert. The director at the Boys & Girls Club received the alert and informed police and the family that the girl, Ava, was safe and sound at the club.  
Two years ago, in Wichita Falls, Texas, the CodeRED alert system was activated to alert residents to a water main break. In 12 minutes, the system made 5,329 calls to 2,934 numbers.