Oconto County Code RED Sytem
Oconto County to provide severe weather warning notifications
with CodeRED Weather Warning
Oconto County has recently updated its account with Emergency Communications Network, providers of the CodeRED high-speed notification solution, to provide the CodeRED Weather Warning service for the community.
CodeRED Weather Warning is an opt-in only weather warning product that taps into the National Weather Service’s Storm Based Warnings. CodeRED Weather Warning automatically alerts affected citizens in the path of severe weather just moments after a warning has been issued. Calls are delivered so quickly they often arrive prior to any other public notifications, usually before television or weather radio broadcasts are aired, providing Oconto County citizens extra time to prepare. Based on the National Weather Service’s polygon methodology, only citizens in the path of projected weather are contacted.
When residents enroll to receive CodeRED Weather Warning notifications, they can select the types of alerts they would like to receive; severe thunderstorm warnings, tornado warnings and flash flood warnings
This no-charge update will allow community members to easily identify calls coming through the system, Message recipient’s Caller ID will read Emergency Communications Network or 866-419-5000. For CodeRED Weather Warning calls, either Emergency Communications Network or the number 800-566-9780 will appear on Caller ID displays.
Most relevant for our citizens, “Residents can simply dial the number displayed on their Caller ID to hear the last message delivered. This will greatly reduce the number of inbound inquiries handled by our office and will offer residents an immediate replay of the message.” says Tim Magnin, Oconto County Emergency Management
The CodeRED system provides Oconto County officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire County. If you are not sure that you are included in the database, simply log onto the Oconto Countywebsite, www.co.oconto.wi.us, and follow the link to the “CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment” page. It is recommended that all businesses register. Individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year, and those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number. If you have entered your data into CodeRed Prior to April 2013 it may not include the weather alert option. You will have to reenter the data to include the weather alert option. Should you not have Internet access, please contact a friend or family member to help add your contact information. You can also call the Oconto County Emergency Management Office directly at 920-834-6850 for assistance.