Montgomery County Emergency Communication District [Montgomery County 911] has recently initiated a local Emergency Notification System (ENS) to provide telephone messages to citizens during emergency situations.
How does CodeRED work? CodeRED is a high-speed telephone notification system that can dial up to 60,000 phones an hour and deliver a recorded message. The alerting agencies can use a digital map online to define an area that requires a message, and CodeRED will automatically target all of the phone numbers in that defined area for the emergency message. When the emergency agency initiates the notification, the recorded message is blasted to all the phones in the defined area in a very brief period. Busy numbers will be redialed a preset number of times. CodeRED also has the ability to store predefined lists of names and phone numbers that can be activated for specific notifications. The CodeRED system is voice activated, when a call recipient receives a CodeRED message they should answer the phone as they normally would. The system will automatically detect the difference between a live person and an answering device. Although CodeRED can leave a message on a telephone answering instrument, you may not receive the message because of noise levels on the recorder and the length of the prerecorded message.