Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

May 21, 2013

Area has systems in place for emergency communication

Progress staff reports
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — When a tornado strikes locally, or disaster hits, local cities - and the county - have plans in place to help expedite communication.



The City of Bullard has contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification solution and Weather Warning System service. The CodeRED system provides city officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire city.



This system gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their own phone numbers directly into the system's database. If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called.   No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included.  Individuals and businesses should follow the link to the "CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment" page. Those without Internet access may call 903-894-7223, Monday through Friday, (7:30 a.-4:30 p.m.) to supply their information over the phone. Required information includes first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code, and primary phone number, additional phone numbers can be entered as well, according to the city's website.



All businesses should register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year, and those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number. The system works for cell phones too, but we need to have an associated street address to provide relevant messages. The data collected will only be used for emergency notification purposes

The city of Troup also uses CodeRED.

The city of Jacksonville does not have tornado sirens per se as an alert, but relies upon the CodeRED system and the vigilance of Emergency Coordinator Paul White, who is also Jacksonville fire chief.

“He has his ear on the ground right now and he's waiting on any related bad weather that comes in,” City Manager Mo Raissi said Tuesday morning. “If things get to the point where we need to activate Code Red, he will do that. I talked with him early this morning.”

Residents can enroll with CodeRED by accessing www.coderedweb.com online. The CodeRED system gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their own phone numbers directly into the system’s database — an extremely important feature.

Additionally, Cherokee County residents can access 2-1-1 TEXAS Transportation Assistance Registry in addition to the CodeRED emergency notification system.

The 2-1-1 TEXAS registry allows citizens, family members or caregivers to register someone for transportation assistance in case of an emergency or disaster.  

The registry was initially created to assist residents of the Texas coast to register for evacuation assistance in the event of a hurricane.  

The system has since been expanded to include inland cities to register those citizens that may have physical, mental or financial problems evacuating from the effects of a disaster.   

All citizens have to do to register for 2-1-1 TEXAS is dial 2-1-1 and select Option 4.  An operator will assist you by gathering your information for inclusion into the registry.