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Yellowstone County launching CodeRED emergency-notification service

Posted at 4:16 PM, Mar 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:49:54-04

BILLINGS- Yellowstone County has launched CodeRED, its new high-speed emergency mass notification service.

CodeRED is an app and location service system that will serve as the backbone of Yellowstone County’s emergency planning and communications outreach to citizens and staff.

The system, which is used nationwide, sends phone calls, texts, emails and social media posts to alert residents of missing persons, natural disasters and other threats.

Resident can visit the county’s Department of Emergency Services website here and click on the CodeRED logo to enroll contact information, including cell phone numbers, text and email addresses.

The app is now available on both Apple and Android phones.

“CodeRED’s robust notification system will provide Yellowstone County officials with a reliable, easy-to-use interface to quickly deliver critical information to our citizens during emergencies,” said K.C. Williams, the county’s emergency services coordinator.

“We are eager to use this innovative technology to enhance our emergency preparedness plans. We anticipate using the system to notify residents of public safety issues such as fires, floods, drinking water emergencies, missing children notices or any other event that may impact the safety and well-being of our citizens,” Williams added in a statement.

The same system was also recently enacted in Stillwater County.