TOPEKA -- Topeka and Shawnee County, will be utilizing the CodeRED Emergency Notification System on May 12th, 2011 to call the entire community. The calls will be mid-morning to early afternoon and will continue until the entire database has been attempted. This call will give Topeka and Shawnee County 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 Topeka or Shawnee County website to add additional contact numbers, and it also asks that recipients spread the word by mentioning the system to family, friends and neighbors. If a call from the Emergency Communication Network is missed, citizens can have the message repeated by calling 866-419-5000 or 855-969-4636.
CodeRED administrators suggest 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.” Businesses and individuals who have unlisted phone numbers should register, as well as those who have changed their phone number recently, and those who use a cellular phone exclusively or have VoIP phones as their primary numbers.
Citizens are asked to log onto the Topeka or Shawnee county website at www.topeka.org or www.shawneesheriff.org and follow the CodeRED link at the bottom of the page. Those without Internet access may call 785-368-9590 Monday through Friday from 9am to 3pm. 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. Any questions should be directed to Janene Falley, Topeka Police Department at 368-9590.
Citizens who have signed up recently do not need to enroll again unless there are changes. There is no fee for this service. For more information about Emergency Communications Network, visit emergencycommunications.net.