Madison County has joined Jefferson and Fremont counties in the Code Red safety program, which sends out personalized danger alerts to those who are registered in its online database.
“Essentially, it’s like reverse 911. We were actually able to use it the other night with the bank robbery,” said Sheriff Roy C. Klingler of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. “The county residents help us keep watch in case they see possible suspects, so it’s not so much for an alarm but to ask for help.”
This program enables local government officials to communicate time-sensitive messages about dangerous conditions near homes and businesses via phone, email and text.
“In case of an emergency, we can notify residents to lock their doors,” Klingler said. “Lately, we have used it more in asking the public for help in looking for people.”
Klingler said that county officials have used Code Red to send out notifications once or twice a month
Madison County residents have been asked to register their homes and businesses for Code Red. Addresses are required in the database, because the alerts are sent out according to geographical location.
“It allows us to pick an area or a neighborhood in a really short time and ask for help in an emergency,” Klingler said. “We also use it for evacuations, a lost child or robbery.”
Klingler said the areas in Madison County have received an equal number of notifications on average.
The county sheriffs partnered with Emergency Communications Network to set the database.
“We worked with Sheriff Humphries in Fremont County, who is an expert in 911 communications, and he worked on getting the three counties together,” Klingler said. “This 911 system has been available for years, but we have been waiting for it to be … more affordable.”
Klingler said having all three counties on the same plan made Code Red less expensive than it would have been if the counties had signed individually.
“All landlines were entered into the database automatically; this includes a lot of the businesses,” Klingler said. “If residents wish to enter information for their cell phone, they will need to go to the website for the county sheriff and find the link there.”
Klingler said county residents should register their homes or businesses at www.cne.coderedweb.com as soon