THE CITY OF FAIRFIELD USES THE CODERED EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM AS A TOOL TO NOTIFY ITS RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES OF URGENT SITUATIONS. THE SYSTEM ENABLES THE CITY TO SEND HIGH-SPEED ALERTS VIA TELEPHONE. THESE CALLS MAY BE SENT TO ALL OR TO PORTIONS OF THE CITY DEPENDENT ON THE GEOGRAPHIC IMPACT OF AN EVENT. FOR EXAMPLE, A MISSING PERSON ALERT MIGHT BE BROADCAST COMMUNITY WIDE, WHILE A WATER BOIL ALERT WOULD GENERALLY BE SENT TO A TARGETED AFFECTED AREA. INFORMATION IS DELIVERED USING RECORDED MESSAGES THAT DETAIL THE SITUATION AND WHICH MAY PROVIDE FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS TO THE RECIPIENTS.
1. What is CodeRED?
The CodeRED Emergency Telephone Calling System is a high-speed telephone communication service utilized to deliver information regarding urgent situations. The system is geographically based, meaning that street addresses are used to select which telephone numbers receive notification calls in a given situation. The system works with both landline and mobile telephones, but a street address is required in either case. People who retain their telephone numbers when they move into the City (or to a new address within the City) must enter their new address into the database [see Section 4 below].
2. What types of emergencies will CodeRED be used for and how often will it be used? CodeRED focuses on keeping the general public informed of issues or events that affect public safety and personal well-being. Examples of CodeRED applications include missing person alerts, water boil advisories, environmental hazards, snow removal protocol, and optional severe weather advisories.
3. Why should I enroll in CodeRED?
The Fairfield geographic database, and its corresponding list of landline telephone numbers, is used by the Emergency Communications Network (the company that operates CodeRED). You should not assume that your telephone number is automatically included, especially if you do not maintain a landline, have an unlisted telephone number, or rely primarily on a mobile telephone.
THE FOLLOWING SHOULD REGISTER FOR CODERED:
1. Households and/or businesses that do not maintain a landline telephone.
2. Individuals who use a mobile telephone as their primary telephone or who wish to be contacted when they are away from their landline telephone.
3. Individuals with unlisted telephone numbers
4. Businesses or residents who have changed their telephone number or address (generally within the past twelve months).
5. All businesses (enter the preferred telephone number for delivery of emergency messages, which may be a number other than their primary business line)
4. How do I sign up for CodeRED?
If you maintain a landline telephone number you may already be included in the CodeRED Emergency Alert System database. You can check your status by clicking on the following registration link: . This will prompt you to create a CodeRED account. From there you can enter, change, or add telephone numbers. CodeRED subscribers can access and control their accounts from anywhere in the world through a secure Internet connection.
5. Is there a cost for enrolling in CodeRED?
There is no cost to enroll in the CodeRED Emergency Alert System. It is one of the many benefits of living or doing business in the City of Fairfield.
6. Does enrollment in the CodeRED Emergency Alert System automatically register me for the Severe Weather Warning System?
The Severe Weather Warning System is an optional service offered through CodeRED, but you are not automatically registered for this service even if you are registered for standard CodeRED services. Residents and businesses are strongly urged to register for the weather warning system via the CodeRED registration link and/or to verify if they are currently registered for all desired services. Like CodeRED, there is no charge for the weather warning service.
7. What if I don’t want all of the weather notifications provided by the Severe Weather Warning System?
The system provides notifications of severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings (the system does not provide notification of tornado watches). You can choose to be notified of all severe weather events or your choice of events. For example, you can choose to only receive notice of tornado warnings. The CodeRED registration site will walk you through the process so that you can tailor your choices as you please. You can always change your preferences or remove your telephone number from the Severe Weather Warning System by accessing your online account.
8. Can I register more than one telephone number?
Yes, you can register both a landline telephone number and/or a mobile telephone number by accessing the registration site. In either case, you will need to provide the Fairfield address with which the telephone number is associated. If you have additional family members or business associates who use a mobile telephone, they can register their mobile telephones separately so long as each one uses the same address associated with the family or business.
9. What if I want to OPT OUT of all CodeRED notifications?
If you are registered and would like to OPT OUT of the CodeRED system totally, you must download the following waiver form and submit it (either by mail or in person) to the City of Fairfield, 5350 Pleasant Avenue, Fairfield, OH 45014. The request should include all applicable the telephone number(s) to be removed from the Emergency Alert database. Click here to download the OPT OUT/waiver form.
10. What other communities use CodeRED?
Examples of local communities using CodeRED include Monroe, Middletown, Springdale, Forest Park, Springfield Township and Sharonville, to name a few.
11. Can TTY/TDD (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) equipment receive CodeRED notifications?
Yes. When you register your telephone number there is an option to enter the TTY/TDD information.
12. What if I’m not home to receive the alert message?
The CodeRED dialing system will leave emergency alert messages on your voicemail or your answering machine. If you do not have voicemail or an answering machine, or if your voicemail is full, CodeRED will dial your telephone number a total of three times.