America’s PrepareAthon: ECN urges residents to sign up for emergency notification software

PrepareAthonpicNational PrepareAthon Day is coming up on April 30, 2015, and Emergency Communications Network (ECN) wants communities across the nation to resolve to be ready. ECN is joining its partners at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to lead the America’s PrepareAthon campaign across the nation to increase emergency preparedness and resilience. A nation as large and geographically diverse as the United States will see many different disasters over the course of the average year – from hurricanes to tornadoes and from wildfires to floods – so emergency preparedness is something everyone should have on their to-do lists.

A critical step in emergency preparedness is signing up for alerts in your community so disaster won’t take you by surprise. America’s PrepareAthon is the perfect time for the residents to take charge of their own preparedness by visiting their city or county website and signing up for notifications. This simple action could make all the difference in the event of an emergency. ECN offers community notifications and mobile alerting platforms that keep residents informed during the most critical times.


The CodeRED emergency notification software is a reliable and trusted emergency notification solution used by city and county municipalities across North America for community alerting. The system gives authorized users have the ability to send phone calls, text messages, emails, social media messages including Facebook and Twitter, RSS, website widgets and through the public safety alerting application, CodeRED Mobile Alert.

Once enrolled, residents will have access to emergency information sent out by local public safety officials. Residents who sign up for CodeRED will be the first to receive preparedness tips, evacuation notices or warnings regarding threatening weather if they live in a participating CodeRED community.

CodeRED Weather Warning

CodeRED Weather Warning delivers advanced warning of severe weather as soon as a bulletin is issued by the National Weather Service. The automatic system delivers voice calls, text messages and emails to subscribed users. CodeRED Weather Warning is geographically targeted so only residents in the direct path of severe weather are contacted, increasing the relevance of each alert.

CodeRED Weather Warning delivers  severe thunderstorm, flash flood and tornado warnings. Warnings for tsunamis and winter storms are also available to communities who may be impacted by these specific weather phenomena. Oftentimes, residents signed up for CodeRED Weather Warning will receive severe weather alerts before learning about the threat via television or radio. Warnings provide residents with the extra time they need to prepare, which could save their lives.

CodeRED Mobile Alert app

The CodeRED Mobile Alert app is an easy-to-use app designed for Apple and Android devices, as well as tablets. It allows smartphone users to stay alert and informed through the CodeRED system when they travel away from their community. Subscribers receive location-specific, often critical messages throughout the United States and Canada from public safety officials who use the CodeRED community notification system.

The app delivers real-time emergency and severe weather alerts to users within the exact area of impact. Subscribers living in that defined area or passing through that area when the alert is issued will receive the notification on their smartphone. All active alerts issued by CodeRED clients in North America, as well as weather warnings issued by the National Weather Service, can be accessed by users at any time. Residents can download the CodeRED Mobile Alert app here.


It is important to remember to not overlook emergency preparedness when it comes to your workplace. Internal notification methods should also be incorporated in the workplace to provide the capability of alerting employees of a dangerous event taking place, or to prepare for an impending event. SmartNotice will distribute time-sensitive crisis information to staff and stakeholders.

Included in every SmartNotice system is the ability to automatically contact staff of severe weather. Automated severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service take the pressure off of any organization by delivering voice calls, text messages and emails to staff that are in the direct path of a tornado, severe thunderstorm, flash flood, winter storm or even tsunami.