Adair County and the City of Columbia will be utilizing the CodeRED Emergency Notification System on Friday, February 1, 2013 to call the entire community.
The calls will take place after 10:00am in the MORNING and will continue until the entire database has been attempted. This call will give Adair County and the City of Columbia personnel the chance to operate the system as if there has been a community wide disaster.
The message that is being delivered directs recipients to the web site to add additional contact numbers, and it also asks that recipients spread the word by mentioning the system to family, friends and neighbors.
Greg Thomas, Adair County Emergency Management Director, suggests that “all individuals and businesses should take the time to visit our website and add contact information to include cellular phones and other non-traditional phones as well as email and text addresses. If your contact information is not in the database you will not receive a call when an urgent message is sent.” In particular businesses should register, as well as individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number recently, and those who use a cellular phone exclusively or have VoIP phones (such as Vonage) as their primary numbers.
Thomas urges citizens to log onto the www.columbiamagazine.com, www.935wain.com, www.ridingthewave.com, www.accvonline.com, or www.adairprogress.com and follow the CodeRED link. Those without Internet access may call the Adair County 911 Center at 270-384-4760 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Required information includes a street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes) for location purposes and a primary phone number. Additional phone numbers, email and text addresses may also be entered.
More information about the CodeRED system is on the website, any questions should be directed to Adair County Emergency Management at 270-384-4760.