Time. It’s attached to everything people do. Countless decisions are made every day based on the concept of time.
And rightly so. After all, a where without a when is essentially useless.
But time becomes sacred in the event of an emergency. Seconds, and even split-seconds, are immediately and intensely magnified. Losing them could mean the difference between life and death.
CodeRED, an innovative high-speed emergency notification system, will soon provide Neligh with those precious seconds.
According to City of Neligh officials, CodeRED allows them the ability to quickly deliver any message - emergency or otherwise - via text, email, social media, cell phone, landline or the CodeRED app. Citizens can choose which type of message they prefer.
Officials also can easily select a specific geographic message to only those affected.
City Clerk Dana Klabenes is excited about the change from Nixle, the old alert system because CodeRED has less limitations and more capabilities.
“With Nixle we were limited on the number of characters in the message,” Klabenes said. “We couldn’t tie it with weather warnings. We won’t be limited to the type or size of the message now.”
Many citizens and businesses should expect an “all-call” message sent on Thursday. If you receive that call you’re already in the emergency database for community related messages. However, you must opt-in to receive weather warnings.
THE LINK TO SIGN UP IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STORY.
In addition, if businesses or citizens have changed their phone number, cell phone number or VoIP phone, their address or if they have an unlisted phone number, it’s highly recommended to enter information regardless. Cell phones are also not always tagged to a geographic address.
“I just want to encourage every resident or business to offer their contact information so that they are included in the database and can receive both community messages and weather warnings,” Klabenes said.
The message recipient’s Caller ID will read Emergency Communications Network or 866-419-5000 for CodeRED calls. And for CodeRED Weather Warning calls, either Emergency Communications Network or the number 800-566-9780 will appear on Caller ID displays.
To sign up: If you are not sure that you are included in the database, simply log onto the city of Neligh website, www.neligh.org/codered Those without Internet access may stop by the City of Neligh Office or the Neligh Public Library, Monday through Friday, (8AM-5PM) to supply their information.
Individuals must opt-in or register to receive CodeRED Weather Warning notifications. To register, visit www.neligh.org/codered