The Campbell County Department of Public Safety is implementing a new emergency alert system.
Public Safety will soon be able to send automated emergency alerts to county residents’ landline phones throughout the locality through a contract with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED emergency notification system. The CodeRED system will also be used to send automated emergency alerts to cell phones of those who register for the alerts.
The CodeRED platform works jointly with the federal IPAWS network, the National Weather Service, and the Campbell County GIS database to send the automated emergency alerts, such as tornado warnings.
The system will be tested on landlines on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m. An automated message will be sent to all landlines in Campbell County.
Public safety officials are asking residents and businesses to register for the alerts on the online CodeRED system. Those with landlines need to register to confirm that their contact information is correct. Those who would like alerts to their cell phones and/or unlisted landline phone numbers need to register that contact information.
To register online, go to www.campbellcountyva.gov and click on the CodeRED Emergency Alert icon on the home page. You can also click on the link “Sign up for CodeRED” below.
You can choose to receive text, email, and/or phone call alerts. There is no direct charge to you for this service.
If you do not receive a call on your landline on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m., please be sure to register as soon as possible.
If you need assistance registering or if you do not have access to the internet, you may contact the Campbell County Department of Public Safety office at 434-332-9540 or visit any Campbell County Public Library branch to provide your contact information. All contact information is kept secure and used for emergency purposes only.
Director of Public Safety Tracy Fairchild said, “It will be rare that we use this system, but we want to make sure we have the most up-to-date means of alerting local residents should a large scale threat occur. This is a joint responsibility and effort between Campbell County residents, our staff, and CodeRED service providers to ensure information in the system is accurate and ready should a crisis arise.”
If you have questions or would like additional information, please call 434-332-9540 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.