The CodeRED emergency notification system has been installed in Calhoun, a mass notification system that quickly notifies county residents of emergency situations.

The CodeRED system provides Calhoun officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire County.

Kathy Wood, Calhoun OES/911 Director, cautioned that such systems are only as good as the telephone number database supporting them.

"If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called," Wood said.

"No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included," Wood said, urging all individuals and businesses to log onto the County website www.calhoun911.com and follow the link to the "CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment" page.

Those without Internet access can call Wood's office at 304-354-9637 Monday through Friday, (8AM-4PM) 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.

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 cell phone or VoIP phone as their primary number.

"CodeRED allows geographically based delivery, which means street addresses are required to ensure emergency notification calls are received by the proper individuals in a given situation. The system works for cell phones too, but we need to have an associated street address to provide relevant messages," Wood explained.

"This service should be considered important to the safety and security of county citizens," Wood concluded.

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