Town has new emergency alert system

By Eva Winemiller -

PILOT MOUNTAIN — A new alert system for emergencies is coming to town.

After the water main break on U.S. 52 Bypass a year ago, town officials began exploring a way to inform residents of such emergencies, according to Michael Boaz, Pilot Mountain manager.

The CodeRED system will serve as the town’s emergency planning and communications outreach to both citizens and town personnel by using the system capabilities to send telephone calls, text messages, emails and social media messages in an effort to effectively inform residents to protect life and property.

In October, Boaz decided to sign the town up for the emergency alert service. “Following an extensive and thorough evaluation and review of alerting systems,” stated a press release sent by the town.

The town anticipates using the system to notify residents in specific geographic locations of fires, floods, drinking water emergencies, missing children notices and other similar emergency situations.

The town may also use the system to notify residents about non-emergency events such as parades, festivals, or other matters of interest to the community, confirmed Boaz.

“The only thing we can’t do is raise money for political candidates,” joked Boaz.

The system is provided by Emergency Communications Network based in Ormond Beach, Florida. The cost to use this service is $1,500 a year, according to Boaz.

The emergency alert system “was selected for its unrivaled reliability and accuracy, as well as the system’s global use,” according to Boaz.

Public safety officials across the United States have credited CodeRED notifications for many successful events including locating missing children, apprehending wanted criminals and issuing timely evacuations, according to Boaz.

The town was provided with an initial database of residential and business telephone numbers, generated by the Emergency Communication Network.

However, all residents living within the town of Pilot Mountain limits are encouraged to visit and click on the CodeRED link, on the right hand side of the page, to enroll additional contact information including cell phone numbers, text and email addresses.

Anyone who does not have access to the internet can call Town Hall at (336) 368-3247, to sign up.

The first official call is due to be made on Dec. 29, the call will tell those who answer about the system and how to sign up, stated Boaz.

“We are very eager to use this technology to enhance our emergency preparedness plans,” said Boaz.

By Eva Winemiller

Reach Eva Winemiller at (336) 415-4739

Reach Eva Winemiller at (336) 415-4739

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