PITTSBURG — Representatives from multiple forms of public service gathered Thursday at Pittsburg Fire Station No. 1 to learn about the mass notification system “CodeRed.”
The event was organized by Crawford County Emergency Manager Jason VanBecelaere, who brought in OnSolve Regional Sales Representative John Abbruzzese to discuss how the system works, as well as how it can be used by multiple entities in Crawford County.
CodeRed can send severe weather and emergency alerts to county residents, crews or even people located in a certain area via phone call, text, email and a mobile app. However, Abbruzzese said the possibilities are almost endless. The system can be used for internal communications between departments or organizations and more.
“It can send alerts for an active shooter, or for overtime shifts for, say, a hospital,” Abbruzzese said. “When there is snow on the streets it can alert residents to get their cars off the streets. So even simple things are a possibility.”
He explained that the system can have unlimited pass codes and unlimited subgroups. If the county decided to implement the system, subgroups could be created for the county road and bridge department, Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, local hospitals, fire departments and more. Each subgroup would have their own system to avoid overlap in control. Larger, countywide alerts would be handled by VanBecelaere, who would likely manage the overall CodeRed system for the county.
Abbruzzese said the price of the system is based on population and what the county would like the system to do.
The next step is for the county to decide if it would like to use the system, and discuss how payment would be separated between departments and organizations that want to be involved.
If the system is put in place, employees and county residents can enroll for the program, and select what alerts they would like to see. Important alerts can also be sent via cell towers to all mobile users in the range of those towers.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.