Using CodeRED this holiday weekend

4th-of-julyThere are many ways to use your CodeRED mass notification system this Fourth of July to ensure a safe and incident free holiday. Some will be general notifications, while others may be deemed as emergency and life safety messages; both will provide your citizens with the information that they need to be safe and informed.

When sending out community informational messages, always remember to send them out to the CodeRED Mobile Alert app.  Remember, the alert app can be used for both general and emergency messages. For planned events, take time to set up event staff groups into relevant notification groups within CodeRED for quick and easy access. Also consider using some of the other functional tools within your system, such as Quick Launch, Quick Text, Team Builder and even the ECN Launcher app for those enabled to access the new and exciting tool.

Here are a few bulleted ideas for you to consider:

  • Provide safety information about the private use of fireworks
  • Provide information on the local laws about the use or the restricted use of fireworks in your community
  • Provide information on any last minute changes in these laws (i.e. total bans on fireworks due to extreme drought conditions)
  • Make your residents aware of the locally planned community activities, times and locations
  • Provide information on planned road closures
  • Provide information on access /egress routes before, during and after any planned events
  • Provide information on parking for planned events.
  • Emergency notifications for any unexpected emergency incidents that may occur
  • Information about any forecasted severe weather expected during planned events
  • Use notifications to keep event workers updated on information
  • Alert public safety responders and other key event staff personnel
  • Notify key administrative and public officials of incidents or unexpected events that take place

Please stay safe this holiday and let CodeRED assist you with keeping your residents safe as well. Our 24/7 Technical Support team will be on duty and ready to assist you throughout the weekend. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance, if needed, at 866-939-0911.

Have a safe, festive and happy Independence Day!


Don Hall is ECN’s Director of Government Relations and is a regular contributor on our blog. Hall’s public safety career experience includes 20 years as an Emergency Manager in Calvert County, Md., Jacksonville, FL and Washington, D.C. He also spent 10 years in law enforcement and 911 emergency communications and has 42 years of active duty experience in the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service in Maryland. He has managed and directed more than 30 Presidential Disaster Declarations during his emergency management career and received numerous public safety- related awards and citations.