CodeRED in Darlington County

Following an extensive and thorough evaluation and review of alerting systems, Darlington County has implemented the CodeRED system, a high-speed emergency notification service provided by Ormond Beach, FL-based Emergency Communications Network.

The CodeRED system will serve as the backbone of the County’s emergency planning and communications outreach to both citizens and County personnel by using the system capabilities to send telephone calls, text messages, emails and social media alerts in an effort to effectively inform residents to protect life and property. CodeRED, among other notification systems available, was selected for its unrivaled reliability and accuracy, as well as the system’s global use.

“CodeRED’s robust system will provide County officials with a reliable, easy-to-use interface to quickly disseminate critical information to our citizens during emergencies. We are very eager to use this technology to enhance our emergency preparedness plans,” said Emergency Management Director Mike McDonald. The County anticipates using the system to notify residents in specific geographic locations of fires, floods, drinking water emergencies, missing children notices and other emergencies.

The County has been provided an initial database of residential and business telephone numbers, however all residents living within the city and town limits of Darlington, Hartsville, Lamar and Society Hill and all residents living in the county’s jurisdiction are encouraged to visit and click on the CodeRED logo to enroll additional contact information including cell phone numbers, text and email addresses.

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.

Author: Jana Pye

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