West Homestead switching to CodeRED emergency notification system

West Homestead is changing its emergency notification system from Nixle to the CodeRED emergency notification system offered by Emergency Communications Network (ECN).

West Homestead had used the service for more than four years and alerts were free for anyone who signed up for borough messages through Nixle.

Borough officials said West Homestead CodeRED alerts will remain free to residents.

Borough manager Kyle Thauvette said the move is administrative and he believes the CodeRED emergency notification system is a better service.

“We can rely on the CodeRED emergency notification system to help us save lives and keep residents in West Homestead safe,” Thauvette said. “We now have the right technology and support to provide our community the best possible warning system out there.”

The CodeRED system will be used to deliver emergency messages, such as suspicious activity, missing children, evacuations or other situations that require immediate action to protect lives and property, Thauvette said.

Residents will receive CodeRED messages via landlines and cell phones, text messages, emails and through the CodeRED Mobile Alert app. The app is free to download for Android and iPhone here.

West Homestead officials will send their first public message through CodeRED at 3:30 p.m. November 21.

Residents are asked to go to westhomesteadpa.com, select the CodeRED logo and enter their contact information.